Please join your neighbors and me as we officially dedicate “Quantum Dee,” the new pyramid-like sculpture that stands at Rogers Park’s northern entry point in Juneway Beach Park (Sheridan and the Lake, just south of Evanston).
The dedication will be held at the base of the sculpture this Saturday, February 16th, 10:00 a.m. Sculpture artist Davis McCarty and Michael Dimitroff, Manager of Arts for the Chicago Park District, will join us for the dedication.
The dedication originally was scheduled for January, but had to be postponed due to inclement weather.
The sculpture is part of DCASE’s “50 X 50 Neighborhood Arts Project,” a program that aims to add two new works of public art in each of Chicago’s 50 wards. I contributed $10,000 from our ward’s $1.3 million capital improvement budget and received a matching $10,000 from DCASE, allowing $20,000 for fresh public art in the 49th Ward.
Davis was commissioned by a panel of Rogers Park artists and DCASE to design and build our ward’s arts project. I hosted a community meeting a year ago where Davis presented his concept of a 20-foot stainless steel and dichroic plexiglass sculpture in the shape of a pyramid. Though it is often difficult to achieve consensus over a matter as subjective as a piece of art, Davis’ proposal received overwhelming support from those attending the meeting.
The proposal also received strong support from those responding to my email blast on the proposal and those posting on social media.
Residents generally agreed that the sculpture should appear at one of the Sheridan Road entry points to the community–Juneway Park Beach on the north or the Devon-Sheridan triangle on the south–but were evenly divided on exactly which entry point. Finally, a consensus emerged that an additional $20,000 should be allocated from the ward’s discretionary fund to support two identical structures that would serve as a welcome to Rogers Park from both the north and the south.
Quantum Dee will reside at Juneway Beach Park and “Quantum Me” will be built next summer on the Devon-Sheridan triangle at the south end of Rogers Park.
Davis used material made by NASA to construct the colored plexiglass panels that form the pyramid. At the base of the pyramid is a polished stainless steel sphere, reminiscent of “Cloud Gate,” the large reflective sculpture, also known as “the Bean,” that serves as the centerpiece for downtown’s Millennium Park.
I asked Davis to describe the sculpture in his own words. Here’s what he wrote:
“The sculpture’s vibrant colors are representative of the diverse community in Rogers Park, and it will reflect the natural beauty of the surrounding park and lakefront. Participants will discover that the dichroic plexiglass changes color as they walk up to it. I hope this moment of discovery will elicit joy and excitement for the Rogers Park and Chicago community for generations to come.”
Please brave the winter chill with me and your neighbors this Saturday as we thank Davis for his work and welcome Quantum Dee to Rogers Park!