Sunday, September 1, 2013

Alchemy-Birds and Stone


Alchemy-Birds and Stone, 1983
Dan Yarbrough
Dearborn Park
865 South Park Terrace

            Originally shown in a temporary exhibit sponsored by Sculpture Chicago in 1983, this work was acquired a few years later by the Burnham Park Planning Board. It was donated to the Chicago Park District for installation in Dearborn Park, a one-acre green space within a 1970s housing complex of the same name located in the South Loop. It was damaged in 1990 and the Planning Board hired Yarbrough to replace its original marble elements with Indiana limestone. The piece, known as “the birdhouse” is nestled within a canopy of trees.
            Dan Yarbrough (born 1958) is a sculptor, amateur ornithologist and longtime weightlifter. Another of his public works, Sisyphus’ Aviary, is on display at the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park in University Park, Illinois. Yarbrough earned his B.F.A. from the Kansas City Art Institute, lived in Chicago for many years and is now based in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

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