Public Art Chicago Riverwalk: A giant deer & more

Public Art Chicago Riverwalk: A giant deer & more
Deer installation on Chicago's Riverwalk Tony Tasset, Deer, 2015 (fiberglass, epoxy and paint)Photo: Carole Kuhrt-Brewer

Large Scale Art by Tony Tasset, Scott Reeder, Candida Alvarez and Other Chicago Artists comes to the Riverwalk this summer

 A giant 12-foot high 20-foot long white-tailed deer on Chicago’s Riverwalk between Franklin and  Lake was causing many visitors, both on land and water, to do a double-take yesterday.

eyeballThe lifelike Deer sculpture is the work of artist Tony Tasset who you may  remember for his controversial 2010 Giant Eyeball installation in Pritzker Park.

Deer, which was installed this Monday night as part of Chicago’s Year of Public Art, will reside on the Riverwalk through October 2017.

Tasset is known for his use of familiarity, humor, sentiment and shock to create his iconic artworks often related to a current cultural moment.

In addition to Tasset’s Deer, the Riverwalk will showcase artworks by Chicago artists including Scott Reeder, Candida Alvarez, Sam Kirk and Tyrue “Slang” Jones along the 1.25-mile promenade that runs through the heart of the city.

Real Fake sculpture being installed by Trump Tower. Photo: Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune

Real Fake sculpture being installed by Trump Tower. Photo: Armando L. Sanchez/Chicago Tribune

Real Fake by Chicago artist Scott Reeder found its home on the Riverwalk Monday on the  northeast corner of Upper Wacker Drive and Wabash Avenue–a stones-throw from Trump Tower causing some to wonder if there is a message to the placement. Reeder uses simple forms to address complex ideas and cultural critique. His recent projects include a soon to be completed feature film entitled Moon Dust and a solo show at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

A series of seven banners designed by Candida Alvarez are scheduled to be installed in early July (through December).  Four will be located east of Michigan Avenue and three will be located east of Columbus Drive.   Alvarez is known for her work in mixed-media paintings that combine abstract and figurative elements in compositions infused with pop-cultural references.  Her work can currently be seen at the Chicago Cultural Center (78 E. Washington Street) through August 6.

Sam Kirk’s Vejigante, Mask On is a single panel graffiti work that can be viewed along the Riverwalk between Franklin Street and Lake Street. Her artwork celebrates people from underrepresented communities.

Tyrue “Slang” Jones’s Ballerinas, 2017 four panel work is located along the Riverwalk between Franklin Street and Lake Street. A self-taught artist, Tyrue “Slang” Jones works in a wide array of styles, ranging from graffiti to fine art.

Year of Public Art

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and DCASE have designated 2017 as the “Year of Public Art” with the 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Projects, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival this October, and exhibitions, performances, tours and more – representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.

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