Apparently, it’s been a while since I took a walk to Promontory Point. Today, some really big snowflakes flying past my 15th floor window coaxed me outside after a lazy early afternoon in front of the tv. I’d been looking forward to getting out again to photograph some snow, and this was my opportunity.
But by the time I put on my wool sweaters, the flakes had gotten smaller, and by the time I loaded up with scarf, boots, coat, hat, gloves, and camera and got myself out the door, the snow had stopped entirely. But that was okay. I needed the walk, the least bit of snow was decorating the grass, and I thought I’d step across the street into Harold Washington Park to begin shooting.
A relatively new sculpture that I had noticed from a distance in the past was ripe for investigation.
Vortex by Michael Young, in Harold Washington Park
I took some photos.
Vortex by Michael Young, in front of Regents Park
Then I walked down Hyde Park Blvd to 55th Street, went east to the underpass, and crossed under to the Point, where I found — more sculptures!
Strut by Eric W. Stephenson
Talk Talk Smile by Leslie Bruning
Talk Talk Smile
Talk Talk Smile
Lacuna by Sarah Deppe
I was enjoying having something new to photograph on this well worn path.
Cercatore by Ron Gard
And I particularly enjoyed this sculpture, which looked like a fish from some angles and a bird from others.
A few of the sculptures, like Cercatore, even seemed appropriate to the context.
And that started to worry me.
If this is a temporary display, that’s fine, but if it were permanent, then I would not be happy. Promontory Point is my escape hatch from the city. The best natural immersion I can easily walk to from home. I like the organic shapes. I like the views of the lake interrupted primarily by greenery and people. (Regular readers of this blog have seen a great many such views on display here before.) I do not want them permanently interrupted by unavoidable hard metal surfaces around nearly every bend.
Mangoo for Lord Buckley by Ted Sitting Crow Garner
How did I manage to not hear about the installation of these new sculptures anyway? Was it announced when I was struggling with my endless summer illness? It’s hard for me to imagine that a community that went to war over the preservation of the Point for years would quietly accept a permanent installation without discussing it somewhere where I would have heard about it.
Low-flying clouds blocked most of the downtown skyline as I rounded this (still sculpture-free) bend. The Willis (Sears) Tower is the only downtown skyscraper that stands out faintly in this photo above those clouds.
Hawk and Dove by Margot McMahon at Promontory Point (bottom left corner)
Hawk and Dove
So as I lost the light, I turned toward home feeling some trepidation.
Passion by John Bannon
But a little online searching reinforced my thought that this must be a temporary installation. Apparently, it is part of a larger lakefront exhibition of 64 sculptures presented by the Chicago Park District and Chicago Sculpture International, installed in September 2012 and running through August 2013.
And that’s fine. I’m willing to share my lakefront with these particular sculptures for a year.