• Sculptor Tony Feher created outdoor installation at Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse in Rockford; event is free
CHICAGO — Celebrating the first permanent outdoor installation by artist Tony Feher, the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), in partnership with the Rockford Art Museum (RAM), presents an Art in Architecture lecture with the internationally-recognized sculptor at 7 p.m., Monday, May 14, at RAM.
Feher will discuss highlights from his career and “Super Special Happy Place,” the massive outdoor installation featuring more than 100 flowering trees that he created for the Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse in Rockford. This free event is a unique opportunity for the public to learn from the artist about the new, permanent work of public art in the community.
Feher’s work at the courthouse marks his first foray into the use of natural and living materials. Commissioned by GSA in 2004 and planted in 2010, the artwork’s orchard-like planting scheme extends the order and clarity of the courthouse’s architectural design into the landscape.
“Super Special Happy Place” is part of the GSA Art in Architecture Program, which oversees the commissioning of artworks for new federal buildings nationwide. GSA reserves one-half of 1 percent of the estimated construction cost of each new federal building to commission project artists. These artworks enhance the civic meaning of federal architecture and showcase the vibrancy of American visual arts. GSA’s selection of Feher was based on his understanding of the project’s importance to the greater Rockford community and his desire to create a lasting work of art.
Feher’s lecture at RAM coincides with the opening of a traveling mid-career retrospective of his work organized by the Blaffer Museum of Art that will tour the nation between 2012 and 2014. The exhibition will be accompanied by the first comprehensive publication documenting the work and influence of this important American artist over the past 20 years.
RAM is inside Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford, and can be reached at (815) 968-2787.
For more about the evening with Feher, visit www.rockfordartmuseum.org.
From the May 9-15, 2012, issue