Fruition

Submitted by Christine Rojek

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Client: Chicago Public Arts

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Completion date: 2004

Artwork budget: $35,000

Project Team

Artist

Christine Rojek

Public Art Agent

Chicago Public Arts

Industry Resource

Vector Custom Fabricating

Overview

This 22’ x 9’ x 9’ sculpture is made of steel, aluminum, & polyurethane paint, with cedar benches. This sculpture celebrates the discovery of penicillin that conquered tuberculosis. The building was the former auditorium on the grounds of the tuberculosis sanitarium and is now the Peterson Park gymnasium.

Goals

The City of Chicago contacted me about this project because they knew my work was colorful and playful, and that was what they were looking for this setting.

Process

When I looked into the history of this building I discovered that my grandfather had been in the sanitarium. I was deeply moved by this, and I felt compelled to create a sitting area along with the sculpture that was meant to uplift and celebrate what currently goes on here. I thought of this as meditative place to stop and think. In addition, the City of Chicago allowed me to write my personal story and incorporate it into this space as a plaque. I appreciated the opportunity to create a setting that honors the past and celebrates the present. In my mind, it's a triumphant work with great significance.