Image credit: Martin R. Boughner
The Glenview Park Foundation championed the use of a local artist; Elisa R. Boughner. Elisa has had a Gallery/Studio in Glenview since 2000, primarily an oil painter with work hanging in both public and private collections throughout Glenview and beyond.Elisa was approached to see if she would be interested in creating a sculpture for this project. "I was very excited and honored to be asked about participating in this project." Says Elisa, who set to work to come up with an idea and theme for the sculpture. "The idea for the sculpture actually materialized out of the research I did into Ralph Synnestvedt." She remembers. "I read an article about Ralph in which he was asked a favorite memory concerning his years in landscaping. Mr. Synnestvedt is quoted as saying. "Darndest thing I ever saw. This robin`s nest was still in the tree when we pulled it (the tree) out of the ground and started driving away. Robin just chased this tree all the way to the new site. That`s loyalty!`` "I took the idea of a tree and the bird and started to sketch ideas that I could present to the Board, they loved the quote and idea, and set me to work" says Elisa. She found a metal fabricator, Austin Bader of Bader Art Metal & Fabrication to actually make her sketches come to life. When Elisa approached Austin to create this project with her he was immediately swept up in the possibilities, giving material suggestions, finishes that could be applied to the metal and limitations of many of the existing metals. In the end he and Elisa decided to create the work out of brushed aluminum. She also wanted to make a cast glass bird to make her vision complete. "Creating the bird in glass was a long process, clay to mold to wax to mold to glass, but in the end I think she will look like a diamond on a platinum ring" says Elisa.
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