Rockford Art Museum unveils first sculpture on Riverwalk

 “Untitled 1,” by Robert Engman
“Untitled 1,” by Robert Engman

Online Staff Report

Rockford Art Museum (RAM) installed its first sculpture on the Rockford Riverwalk at 711 N. Main St. in downtown Rockford, Friday, June 27. The yellow steel sculpture, “Untitled 1,” was created in 1973 by Robert Engman, and is now one of many pieces of public art from the RAM Permanent Collection that are installed around Rockford.

For decades, the sculpture was on view in front of CherryVale Mall. After the mall and CBL and Associates Properties, Inc., gifted the artwork to RAM, it was moved to Joseph Behr and Sons; Chairman of the Board Dick Behr generously donated all transportation, storage, refurbishment and installation costs — and personally oversaw its restoration to public view on the Riverwalk.

The Rockford Riverwalk is adjacent to Riverfront Museum Park, which houses Rockford Art Museum. Other pieces of public art from the RAM Permanent Collection include “The Big Chair” by Jim Julin; “Inland Passage” by Michael Dunbar; “World of Information” by Josh Garber; “Twin Fin, Too” by Bruce White; “Rockmen Guardians” by Terese Agnew; “Inlet Markers” by Robert McCauley; “Suspended Motion” by Gene Horvath; and “The Photographer” by J. Seward Johnson Jr.

Posted July 2, 2014

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