The Trib reports that Millennium Park will be borrowing a number of works by sculptor Mark di Suvero beginning in April, in lieu of the usual summer exhibit of large-scale photography. Suvero’s an abstract expressionist who works mostly in wood and steel, which will be something of a departure from the park’s signature shiny sci-fi aesthetic (no, seriously–the Crown Fountain is pretty much the monolith from 2001, except for the kids).
Not that it’s inappropriate; the most famous piece of public art in the city is an abstract expressionist work, as is the most infamous for that matter (“Snoopy in a blender”). So if di Suvero’s work looks a bit anachronistic in our aluminum wonderland, consider its aesthetic connection to the Picasso sculpture.
I’m most intrigued by Shang (pictured), which looks like something used to torture giants but is actually a swing. One of the great successes of the park is to have high art that appeals to children–who go nuts whenever the Crown Fountain turns on–so sculpture that doubles as playground equipment will work quite nicely.
For someone who works largely in I-beams, di Suvero covers a lot of aesthetic territory, from intimidating to elegant to whimsical; the Storm King Art Center has a great overview of his work.