So on Wednesday after our awesome Online Journalism I class, I had time to kill before meeting up with friends. I decided to walk down Michigan Ave, through Millennium Park in hopes to get inspired for a blog post (and lookie here, I did), and then go wherever my feet would take me.
I saw the usual: tourists walking around, ducks in the Crown Fountain, annoying high schoolers thinking they’re allthat&abaggachips making dumb poses in front of…
Some very interesting sculptures.
Windy City Dinosaur
by Sui Jianguo & Shen Shaomin
Jia Shan Shi No. 46
by Zhan Wang
by Chen Wenling
I’ve never seen these sculptures before and — when you see the pictures, you’ll see — they’re very eye-catching. The one with a crane and a pig (as I described it to myself) definitely caught my attention (as it’s supposed to do). I had no idea what it meant, but it looked interesting. When I looked it up online, I saw that it’s called Ying Yong Feng Dou and that there’s so much more to it than looking cartoonistic (is that even a word? It is now…).
Millennium Park unveiled these four sculptures by Chinese sculptors (I only saw three; the fourth wasn’t done yet) on April 9, 2009, courtesy of the City of Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Boeing Galleries and will have them until October 2010. According to one blogger’s review,
“In addition to being an acclaimed venue for public art, Millennium Park has a populist mandate, and the balance between popular appeal and artistic excellence is a difficult one. Chen Wenling’s “Valiant Struggle,” one of four new large-scale sculptures from China introduced into the park, is a critique of an increasingly capitalistic and consumerist Chinese society, but the funhouse aesthetic, especially in the park, reduces the sentiment.”
– The Chicago Art Blog.
See more pictures and read reviews of the sculptures at art.newcity.com and Chicago Outdoor Sculptures.
Or, go check it out for yourself! Chicago’s weather look like it’s seeing brighter days so there’s no excuse!