Client: Chicago Sculpture Exhibit 2021-2022, Lincoln Park Chicago
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Completion date: 2021
Artwork budget: $25,000
Artist & Fabricator
Engineering and installation
Chicago Sculpture Exhibit
Public Sculpture 10.5′ x 3.5′ x 2′
Inspired by the Black Lives Matters movement, I felt a personal calling to research and design a piece that personifies the beauty of black American men and women. The original concept began with a contemporary black female nude figure. I created both a male and a female form with a focus on the simple heart shape form made by our arms coming together in front of our body when our hands are clasped.
This sculpture was designed without movement or energy to represent a quiet and calm shape. The base of the sculpture is shaped like the Adinkra ( African) symbol representing peacemaking.
Sketches and clay maquettes were designed for the initial concepts and feeling of the sculpture.
Reference to Adinkra shapes was used in the base design as well as the simple line form.
I hope you enjoy the sculpture and it might inspire you to understand more intimately the struggles and beauty of black America.