World renowned artist's work to be dedicated

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A sculpture by Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman will be dedicated by the City of Rockford in cooperation with the Rockford Park District in Riverby Park, Monday, April 11. Invited guests include Governor Rod Blagojevich, Consul General of Mexico Carlos Sada, and the artist himself.

“Flame,” as the sculpture is titled, is along the Rock River Recreational Path, north of the Auburn Street bridge. If coming from Illinois 251, turn at Cottage Avenue, near the Curve Fishing Marina.

Nierman was born in Mexico City in 1932, and received his bachelor degree in physics and mathematics at the University of Mexico. The mathematical precision of the sculpture to be dedicated clearly shows the artist’s passion for geometrical calculation. Nierman also studied the psychology of color and the harmony of form and space, both static and dynamic.

Nierman’s awards and honors are many, and include the silver and gold medal from the Tomasso Campanella (Foundation) in Italy, and the award of the Royce Medal in New York. His work (which includes paintings, bronze and iron sculpting and tapestries) is exhibited in permanent collections all over the world, including Israel, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Madrid and the U.S.

According to Vance Berry of the Park District, it is “almost definite” that Nierman will be at the dedication, and “very likely” that Consul General Sada will be present. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. For more information, call 987-8800.

La escultura creada por el artista mexicano Leonardo Nierman sera dedicada por la ciudad de Rockford en el Parque Riverby el Lunes 11 de abril a las 3 p.m. El parque Riverby se encuentra al norte del puente de la calle Auburn cerca del negocio nombrado Fishing Curve Marina. El Consul General de Mexico, Sr. Carlos Sada, a sido invitado y se espera este presente.

Spanish by Elias Soria

From the April 6-12, 2005, issue

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