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Flossmoor OKs newest artwork in village sculpture garden

A sculpture by a renowned Chicago-area artist will be installed in Flossmoor this spring.

“Crossings #5,” by Ed McCullough, is being added to Flossmoor’s Sculpture Garden. It will be placed on the vacant sculpture pad in Flossmoor Park, just east of the village’s Metra viaduct.

  “Crossings #5” is the latest artwork being added
  to Flossmoor’s sculpture garden.
(Photo provided by 
  the Village of Flossmoor)
 

A sculpture by a renowned Chicago-area artist will be installed in Flossmoor this spring.

“Crossings #5,” by Ed McCullough, is being added to Flossmoor’s Sculpture Garden. It will be placed on the vacant sculpture pad in Flossmoor Park, just east of the village’s Metra viaduct.

Village board members Monday approved an agreement with the artist that allows the loan of the sculpture for three years. Under the agreement, Flossmoor will pay McCullough an honorarium of $3,000 and the artist will be responsible for transportation and installation expenses.

Laura Brennan-Levy, the village’s program and event coordinator, said plans call for the sculpture to be installed by June 3, when the Homewood Area Chamber’s Fine Arts Fair will be held in downtown Flossmoor.

The sculpture is part of a private collection owned by Les and Jo Seggebruch.

“Crossings #5” will be the fourth piece of art on loan in the sculpture garden, located in and around the village’s downtown area. Flossmoor also owns eight sculptures. Flossmoor is the only south suburban community with a collection of public sculptures on display.

Flossmoor’s seven-member Public Art Commission oversees the sculpture garden. The commission members, all volunteers, are responsible for maintaining the Sculpture Garden and its works and selecting new pieces for the village. The commission receives no tax dollars and is responsible for raising money for the public art program.

“The Flossmoor Public Art Commission is pleased to welcome this new piece of sculpture to the village as part of our rotating program,” said Richard Bumstead, who chairs the group. “We all really liked the artistry and execution of the sculpture, and are happy to showcase yet another Illinois sculptor.”

McCullough was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago and now lives in downstate Cissna Park, where “Crossings #5” is currently located. He has taught at Columbia College in Chicago.

On his website, McCullough talked about the shapes that he regularly uses in his art.

“Arcs, circles, variants thereof: these are the forms I prefer working with,” he said. “I like how they stake out boundaries, making connections with what’s-not-there, open spaces surrounding you.”

Other sculptures in McCullough’s “Crossings” series are on public display at Hubbard Street Dance Company in Chicago, the State of Illinois Center and the Illinois Math and Science Academy in Aurora.

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