Public Sculptures by Beatrice Coron, as seen in Private Residence, Chicago, IL

Public Sculptures by Beatrice Coron seen at Private Residence, Chicago - Seeds of the Future Are Planted Today
Public Sculptures by Beatrice Coron seen at Private Residence, Chicago - Seeds of the Future Are Planted Today

Seeds of the Future Are Planted Today

Transformation and growth are two concepts that inspired this project. "Seeds of the Future" depicts a transformational journey as the community reinvents itself and invests in the future. The design stresses the many ideas of connections in commuting and in states of mind.

Two youthful figures illustrate the renewal and strengh of the community: a girl watering houses and a running boy with a bucket of star seeds. This figures suggest recent developement in education and housing programs in the community. In the four corners of the central panel, quilt patterns, monkey wrenches and wagon wheels icons recall the physical and mental journeys of transformation in the rich African-American heritage of the underground railroad.

In the sky above, seven commuting birds symbolize hope and peace. Stars brightly represent the seeds of the future; they can be found on earth as well as in the sky. Trees of life on the side panels grow from books on which you can read the magic words "plant dreams."

Each line of the drawing depicts the connection between Kostner and downtown Chicago. In the central panel on each sides of the subway entrance, the boy dynamically moves forward.On each side cutout panels echo Chicago's architecture found in the skyline of the central panel.

The west entrance (main entrance) is framed by two additional panels.

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Meet the Creator

My work tells stories. I invent situations, cities and worlds. These compositions include memories, associations of words, ideas, observations and thoughts that unfold in improbable juxtapositions. These invented worlds have their own logic and patterns. Images are conveyed through words, whether automatic writing or premeditated scenes. My creative inspiration comes from a text, a poem, the news or from a philosophical concept that can be reduced to a mere title. I research collective memories and myths, questioning the notions of identity and belonging. For each theme, I explore various narratives: one story leads to the next, and the creation process weaves different layers of our relations to the world.

My silhouettes are a language I have developed over the years; my point of view is both detailed and monumental. Cutting from a single piece of material, the profusion of individual stories creates a coherent universe. In my artist books and public art, where I play with full and empty shapes, everything must fall in place: one’s place in the world, one’s place in the city, one’s place in his or her body. In my graphic style, windows are used not to see out but in, placing the spectator in an outsider/insider situation. Shadows, reminiscent of film noir and voyeurism, leaves room for multiple interpretations.” - Beatrice Coron

“Beatrice Coron (Chambéry, France, 1956) is an illustrator and artist. She does book art, fine art, paper art, and she works with stone, glass, metal, rubber, stained glass, and digital media. Her work has been purchased by major museum collections such as the Metropolitan Museum, the Walker Art Center, and The Getty. Her public art can be seen in subways, airports and sports facilities among many other places.”