This week Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) unveiled its latest public art installation, Races, a 500 pound artwork by Illinois artist Bobby Scribner made of steel and depicting several abstract figures “racing” into the Loop from The Gateway, a vibrant public plaza located on the State Street median between Wacker Drive and Lake Street. Races will greet guests at this northern entrance to the Loop for one year.
CLA’s latest public art installation is part of its Loop Placemaking Initiative—an expansive series of innovative public space activations throughout the Loop that continue the organization’s commitment to create, manage and promote high-performing urban experiences in downtown Chicago. Races portrays several abstract figures alongside and stacked on top of one another, creating a strong visual rhythm. Whether the figures are competing against one another or moving together as one is unclear, but an ongoing struggle to move forward prevails.
Since the reopening of The Gateway, it has become one of State Street’s most charming outdoor areas for Chicagoans and visitors take a break, eat lunch and enjoy the city's surroundings. CLA reports that just this summer, an estimated 8,662 people enjoyed The Gateway between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Bobby Scribner received an MFA from Northern Illinois University. He teaches at the American Academy of Art where he has taught for the last 23 years and developed the figurative sculpture program. His work has been featured in Chicago exhibits including Pier Walk, Skokie Sculpture Park, A.R.C, Tough Gallery, and Warner Park.
Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) creates, manages and promotes high-performing urban experiences, attracting people and investment to the Loop.
For more information, please visit www.LoopChicago.com.
Clef Notes Chicagoland Journal for the Arts
New art installation, Races, by Bobby Scribner was unveiled on State Street's Gateway Plaza in Chicago's Loop by Chicago Loop Alliance last week (photo courtesy of Chicago Loop Alliance).