Updated: January 24, 2013 6:07AM
“Wind Waves,” a 2010 work by Mexican artist Yvonne Domenge, is the latest addition to the permanent collection at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park at Governors State University.
The 10-foot diameter steel sculpture joins 27 masterworks presented amid a prairie landscape at GSU’s main campus in University Park.
“Wind Waves” was created for “Interconnected: The Sculptures of Yvonne Domenge,” an exhibition at Chicago’s Millennium Park. Funding for fabrication of “Wind Waves” was supplied by Millennium Park Inc. and Conaculta, the fine arts agency of the Mexican government. The artist donated the piece to the GSU sculpture.
“The arrival of ‘Wind Waves’ is a signal event for the park, and the response has been universally positive,” curator and director Geoffrey Bates said. “The piece emanates a barely contained energy — effectively communicating not only the interest in organic growth which pervades her oeuvre but, in many ways, Yvonne’s infectious, exuberant personality.”
“The first time I went to the park I was inspired by how perfectly its green spaces were punctuated with wonderful sculptures,” Domenge said. “Now, I feel privileged to have my work join this outstanding collection. The site that was chosen for ‘Wind Waves’ is marvelous. It greets visitors at the entrance of the university campus and marks the start of the sculpture trail. It is important to me to feel that ‘Wind Waves’ will enrich the everyday lives of students.”
Domenge is the third woman to be represented in the park’s permanent collection, and the first artist of Hispanic heritage.
Bates said “Wind Waves,” a variation on the sphere and its internal organization, is a reflection of Domenge’s unabashed fascination with “the underlying order and beauty in all things.”
Domenge was born in Mexico City in 1946. She studied at the Outremont School in Montreal, Canada, at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, D.C., and in Mexico City. She has trained in various techniques such as gilding, enameling and wood carving. She has created artwork from a diverse range of materials including wood, stone, cement, clay, onyx, marble, stainless and carbon steel, silver, ice, resin, wax, soap, and porcelain.
Domenge lives and works in Mexico City. For more information about the artist and her sculpture, visit www.domenge.com.
The sculpture park is free of charge and open from dawn to dusk 365 days a year. Information: (708) 534-4486 or www.govst.edu/sculpture. Governors State University is located at 1 University Parkway, University Park.
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