Stepped Arch, 1982
Chicago Fire Department Station 15
4625 North Milwaukee Avenue
A 17-foot high sculpture made of square, brushed aluminum tubing, Stepped Arch was commissioned under Chicago’s percent-for-art program. Working somewhere between the innovative approach to metal sculpture associated with David Smith and the spare forms of Minimal art, Linda Howard (born 1934) has created a piece that also harkens back to the pointed arches of Gothic architecture.
A gently curving form composed of straight lines and an imposing portal that seems to disappear in the reflected light when viewed at a certain angle, this piece demonstrates Howard’s interest in looking for “connections between opposites and distinctions between similarities."