Oak Park has two new public sculptures, bringing to six the number of large fanciful creations adorning the village, thanks to the Public Art Advisory Commission of the Village of Oak Park. “Receptor” (pictured above), a 99-by-105-by-99-inch cast concrete cone was installed in the north end of Maple Park, appropriately enough with the Mohr cement plant looming in the background. PAAC Chair Nick Bridge thinks it’s the perfect setting for Tamsie Ringler’s 11-ton piece. The other sculpture, “Pillow,” by Zoran Mojsilov, was originally planned for the green space on the Marion Street mall, but ended up in Austin Gardens. The name, of course, belies the giant (84-by-160-by-50-inch) granite boulder, wrapped by stainless steel bands. Both pieces came from last year’s Navy Pier Walk Gallery. The shipping and installation cost $3,000 each with a $1,500 lease that can go toward purchase if public response in positive enough. PAAC will install plaques at a later date. A company specializing in art installation plopped the two into place in an amazingly short time, said Bridge. Funding for PAAC comes from the village budget.

?#34;Ken Trainor

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