Freedom, 1998
S. Thomas Scarff
Green space at North Clark and West Wisconsin Streets

          In the early 2000s, the Old Town Triangle Community worked with the alderman’s office to convert vacant land once occupied by a gas station into a green space for the neighborhood. S. Thomas (Tom) Scarff, an artist who splits time between a studio in Chicago’s Old Town neighborhood and Michigan City, Indiana, is curator-in-residence at Purdue University North Central in Westville, Indiana. This stainless steel sculpture, previously on that campus, was installed in the new space. Here, it is a functioning fountain surrounded by a 14-foot steel trellis crafted by the artist’s son, Seaton Scarff. (At the time of publication, the trellis was being repaired after high winds toppled the structure during a storm.)

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