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10/18/2017 4:18:00 PM
Two New Public Art Sculptures
“Nature’s Gift”
“Nature’s Gift”
“Homage to the Whooping Crane”Submitted photos
“Homage to the Whooping Crane”
Submitted photos

Evanston residents are invited to a celebration of the installation of two sculptures by Pearl Hirshfield on Oct. 22.

A City of Evanston bus will leave the Noyes Cultural Arts Center, 927 Noyes St., at 3:15 p.m., taking visitors and guests to see the two installed works.

The  bus returns to the Noyes Center for a reception in Ms. Hirshfield’s honor, which will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.

The two sculptures Ms. Hirshfield has generously donated to the City of Evanston embody her abiding interest in ecology. Gay Riseborough, Chair of the Public Art Subcommitee of the Evanston Arts Council, said, “Residents and visitors alike will be able to appreciate these pieces as symbols of the beautiful and enduring nature of life.”

The two sculptures were created in the early 1970s. “Homage to the Whooping Crane,” of polished steel, rises 12 feet high and was installed in the circle at Clark Street Beach, Sheridan Road at Clark Street.

“Nature’s Gift,” a seven-foot rusted steel and rebar sunflower, was installed on Chicago Avenue in St. Paul Park, just south of Main Street.

Parking is available at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center; parking permits are not necessary.

Pearl Hirshfield is a painter, sculptor, and political activist and a 60-year resident of Evanston. She is an artist/activist whose work addresses universal concerns for justice, peace, and the environment at the local, national, and international levels.

She received an Illinois Arts Council Visual Art Award, was a co-founder of the Peace Center of Evanston, and was recognized by the Chicago Women’s Caucus for Art for Excellence in the Arts in 2010.

Ms. Hirshfield has often used her art to raise awareness for humanitarian issues in over 100 exhibits, including museum collections. She is sponsor of the annual Jo-Anne Hirshfield Memorial Poetry Award and  mother of three artist daughters.

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