Meridian VII, 2002
Chicago Police Headquarters Building
35th Street and South Michigan Avenue
Commissioned by the Chicago Public Art Program, Meridian VII reveals Chicago sculptor Ed McCullough’s ongoing fascination with space, form and time. The curvilinear nature of the stainless steel form is echoed in the whimsical lines in the finish of the surface. The four-part base invites passers-by to sit on and, thus, pause within the form, creating a bodily interaction with the work. As McCullough describes: “Arcs, circles and variants thereof make up these pieces; indeed, they stake out boundaries and make connections with what is not there, the open spaces in and around a sculpture where people gather.” Another of his sculptures from the Meridian series is located at Dominican University in River Forest, a near west suburb of Chicago.