You may have seen the concrete sculpture in Touhy Park across from the Clark Street firehouse. It looks like a megaphone. Or is it a seashell? Or an ice cream cone?
The official title of the sculpture is the “Receptor“ and its creator is in town this weekend (thanks to the International Sculpture Conference), giving us a unique opportunity to meet the artist and celebrate the sculpture.
Please join me, the Touhy Park Advisory Council and the artist, Tamsie Ringler, for a CELEBRATION OF THERECEPTOR, Saturday, October 6th, 3 p.m., at Touhy Park (on Clark Street between Chase and Jarvis–across from the City of Chicago firehouse). Learn about the sculpture and celebrate public art in our community.
The Receptor is a 10-ton cast concrete abstract sculpture that was inspired by the iris of the human eye and the photoreceptor cones that enable vision. It was cast on site in 2004 at the Fanconia Sculpture Park in Franconia, Minnesota, and then exhibited at the 2005 Navy Pier Walk sculpture exhibition.
Following the Navy Pier exhibition, the Receptor made its way to Oak Park, Illinois, where the village displayed it in one of its local parks. In 2007 the Touhy Park Advisory Council learned that the sculpture was looking for a new home, as the Oak Park space was being redesigned for playing fields. The Advisory Council and my office convinced Oak Park to donate the sculpture to Touhy Park where it was installed in 2009.
The 49th Ward now boasts two public art sculptures. In addition to the Receptor, Rogers Park residents also enjoy “Windform,” located in Loyola Park, just north of Pratt.
Join me Saturday as we celebrate art in Rogers Park!