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Chicago residents (and tourists) there’s another reason for you to stop and watch on Michigan Avenue as a new installation by one of our favorite Chicago artists has just made its debut. Hebru Brantley is an amazing testament to hard work, persistency and dedication to his craft. He is this years Chicago Ideas Week Artist in residence and to commemorate his 16 figure sculpture, inspired by conversations with students from Chicago Public High Schools that are part of the CIW YOU(th) program, titled “The Watch” debut in Pioneer Court Plaza on Michigan Avenue (by the Tribune Building/Booth/NBC building area right before the bridge).
THE WATCH is described as “representing the troubles and triumphs local students face in the Chicago neighborhoods they call home.”
The CIW Artists in Residency program was underwritten by Steven and Nancy Crown. Steven is the son of Renee Schine Crown, matriarch of the Crown family and avid philanthropist. Steven and his wife have given to many art and philanthropic initiatives.
Hebru’s signature Fly Boy and Fly Girls, bespectacled with goggles make up the sculptures and “The Watch” pays homage to the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the United States armed forces who fought in World War II.
“The CIW Artist in Residence program,designed to engage and expose the city of Chicago to emerging local artists through the creation of an extraordinary installation that coincides with Chicago Ideas Week, which brings together hundreds of the world’s brightest thought leaders to inspire, connect and activate the city of Chicago and beyond. The art installation aims to draw on and intensify the impact of existing CIW programs that center around sparking ideas and connections, solving social issues and empowering the city’s youth to become future leaders.”
He will also be speaking during Chicago Ideas Week (CIW)
Creative Process: A Method to the Madness
Sunday, October 20
12:00PM – 1:30PM
Presented by Leo Burnett
Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art
*images: Kristie Kahns
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