The Athlete, 2005
Across the street from the East Bank Club
500 North Kingsbury Street
Commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the East Bank Club by founders Daniel Levin and James McHugh, The Athlete is a whimsical take on bodily movement as well as the interaction between two types of steel. Terrence Karpowicz (born 1948) has maintained a studio in Chicago for many years and is known for large-scale public works that combine organic materials and forms with machined geometric shapes in a manner that emphasizes the tension created by joints and intersections. Abstract but dynamic, the cylindrical extensions suggest arms and legs in motion and the shiny sphere seems destined for release, even though permanent attached.