Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Chicago Symposium, Part 2: Art & Artifacts

7/28/17 Sue, the T-Rex, at the Field Museum

From what I knew of Chicago (I had visited a couple of decades ago and studied Internet photos the past year in preparation for the symposium), I figured architecture would be the dominant subject matter of my sketches, and yesterday’s post certainly indicates that. What I didn’t expect was the amazing richness in public art seen on Chicago streets and in parks. I sketched so much of it, in fact, that it warranted its own blog post here. 

Although I didn’t get around to the Art Institute, which I regret (there’s never enough time for everything I want to do), I did make a trip to the Field Museum of natural history, where I knew Lapin was teaching his workshop. Although I didn’t eavesdrop on his instructions (I didn’t want to look like I was trying to sneak into his workshop!), I voyeuristically included him and a few of his students in my sketch of Sue, the largest and most complete T-Rex skeleton in the world.

7/26/17 Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (affectionately known as "the Bean") at Millenium Park

7/26/17 One of a pair of lions guarding the entrance of the Art Institute.

7/27/17 Calder's Flamingo

7/27/17 Crown Fountain at Millenium Park

Seward Johnson's sculpture "Return Visit" in Pioneer Center

Calder's "Flying Dragon" outside the Art Institute
7/29/17 General Logan's memorial at Grant's Park

7/27/17 "The Bowman" on Congress Parkway
7/28/17 Pterandodon longiceps model at the Field Museum

Calder's Flamingo
Mandatory selfie at the Bean!

Selfie with Sue
Sketching the skyline reflected in the Bean


  1. Great sketches of the local art. Sometimes people posted sketches or photos and I thought to myself, "Where was that?" lol There was a lot to see.

  2. Wow, that's a lot of art! Great sketches.

  3. Thanks, Joan and Kate! Yeah, there was so much art everywhere I looked, and I never even made it to the museum!

    - Tina

  4. Love the art! But being born in Chicago, I was disappointed to find only one sketch of the Picasso among all of the sketchers who I followed. I wonder why...

    1. I regret missing the Picasso! Maybe it slipped by many of us because it wasn't on the sketchwalk tours or near anyone's workshop. Even without a workshop pass, I found it difficult to get around to sights unless they were on one of the sketchwalks.

      - Tina


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