Design: Horvath's 'Motion' mixes business with pleasure

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Rockford area business leaders, arts supporters, outdoor enthusiasts and more gathered June 6 to formally dedicate Suspended Motion, originally commissioned by Bengt and Mary Kuller in 1986 for Enkel Corporation in Machesney Park, and relocated to its current site at the entrance to Sinnissippi Gardens in December after donating the piece to Rockford Art Museum.

Among the crowd were several family members and friends of creator Gene Horvath (1927-1995), often called Rockford’s most prolific sculptor. More than a dozen pieces of his artwork are on display throughout the area.

“This dedication ceremony was a wonderful opportunity for Horvath’s family to celebrate his body of work with the Rockford community,” said Pat Hayes, cultural arts manager of Rockford Park District.

Although Horvath specifically designed Suspended Motion to stand at the entrance of Enkel and resemble the high-speed cylinders the corporation made, the sculpture has just as much relevance standing at the entrance to the gardens.

“Its relocation to the banks of the Sinnissippi, which means ‘clear-flowing,’ still works well with the idea of motion,” said Horvath’s son Steve, a featured speaker at the ceremony.

Other featured speakers were Richard Behr and Bengt Kuller, with opening remarks by Ald. Doug Mark (City of Rockford, 3rd ward) and closing by Charlotte Hackin, Rockford Park District commissioner.

“Suspended Motion has all the elements you could want in a sculpture: detailed craftsmanship, emotional ties, excellent design, well-positioned and enduring material,” said Behr, “We should all be very proud to have this here in Rockford.”

“Mary and I are delighted with the results and the site, and hope Suspended Motion will stay here forever,” said Kuller.

The project reflects many personal and financial commitments from many individuals and organizations, notably: Bengt and Mary Kuller, Richard and Lon Behr, and G& M Construction. Project coordinators were Sam Darby, architect, and John R. Cook Associates, landscape architect.

The ceremony was made possible by Rockford Area Arts Council, Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, Rockford Art Museum and Rockford Park District.

Suspended Motion, a stainless-steel sculpture that stands 16 feet high, was installed along the Rock River Recreation Path in Sinnissippi Gardens, near the intersection of Illinois Highway 251 and Ethel Avenue. For more information on Gene Horvath, visit

From the June 8-14, 2005, issue

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