What's blue, corrugated, spiral and could appear downtown?

What's blue, corrugated, spiral and could appear downtown?

Got some photos for you (see below). These are the sculptures that you could see popping up in or near downtown Champaign, now that the city council has expressed support for this Public Art League project.

These nine sculptures are among the finalists for the group's contest, for which the privately-run Public Art League solicited 42 entries from around the country. The group has not finalized anything, and the city council would still have to approve the location if it's on city property, but this should give you an idea of what's going to happen. The group is shooting to have these on display toward the end of August.

Let me know what you think of them (by commenting below, e-mail or Twitter). My personal favorite is "Pointless" by Gail Simpson. Here are the names, artists and proposed locations of the sculptures, listed in the same order that the photos appear below:

  1. "Pointless," Gail Simpson, island between Chester Street and University Avenue, just east of the city building
     
  2. "Astroterra," Nicole Beck, sidewalk at southeast corner of Neil and Church streets
     
  3. "Double Dutch - A Jump For Joy," Gary R. Bibbs, West Side Park
     
  4. "Entrance," Barry Tinsley, Boneyard Creek Second Street basin
     
  5. "R-RP-23," Roger Blakley, sidewalk at northeast corner of Neil and Chester streets
     
  6. "Red Eye," Paul Daniel, entrance to Champaign Police Department
     
  7. "Sky Catcher III," Bob Emser, corner of First and Chester streets
     
  8. "Spiral Flight," Gary Searles, southeast corner of Neil and Washington streets
     
  9. "From Swords to Plowshares," Terrence Karpowicz, island where Neil and Walnut streets split

Photos and information published with the permission of Brian Knox, president of the Public Art League

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htucker wrote on July 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm

These are great! I think 7 & 8 are my favorites. 2 will be very interesting up close especially in the sun. Public Art ROCKS!

Patrick Wade wrote on July 28, 2010 at 12:07 pm
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I'm a big fan of No. 8, too. I also think "Red Eye" would be cool, because the top of it moves back and forth (I think by wind power, if I'm looking at the mechanism the right way). I want to see it in action.

Julie Wurth wrote on July 28, 2010 at 2:07 pm
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Very cool. No. 8, by Gary Searles, is very similar to a sculpture I just saw at the St. Louis Art Museum.

lmchays wrote on July 28, 2010 at 8:07 pm
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They are all great but I am a fan of 2 and 3 the most!