Don’t be surprised if you see a bright red ball of rings pop up on the corner of Harlem and Ontario in the not-too-distant future.
After a brief competition over the last few months, Oak Park has finally picked a sculpture to place at the high-traffic intersection near Trader Joe’s. Dubbed “Arched Rings,” the piece — created by Oak Park artist Patrick McDonald — is about 10 to 12 feet high, 6 feet wide and constructed of red painted steel.
Village hall started the contest back in November, looking for sculptors to dress up the corner. Developer Whiteco Residential had agreed, when they built the multistory apartment building on the corner, to contribute $30,000 toward the piece of public art.
Altogether, 26 artists submitted to the contest. The Oak Park Public Art Advisory Commission whittled the field down to five, and held a public vote on the finalist. The commission agreed with the public’s pick, and the village board is set to approve “Arched Rings” on Tuesday night.
“Some people may not like its bright, bright color, but it stands out against the comparatively neutral-to-grayish background there,” David Sokol, head of the commission, said Monday.
Oak Park hopes to have the sculpture installed by late May.