JEFFERSON PARK — A new sculpture installed Thursday near Lawrence and Milwaukee avenues added another piece of art to a burgeoning museum without walls in Jefferson Park.
The 10-foot tall aluminum sculpture, which depicts two lovers swirled in a colorful embrace, is part of this year's Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, organizers said.
Created by Gus and Lina Ocamposilva, the sculpture "Twin Souls" was the unanimous choice of the Jefferson Park sculpture selection committee of all the works picked by the sculpture festival judges, organizers said.
Heather Cherone describes the sculpture's abstract nature:
That committee was made up of Ald. John Arena (45th); George Karzas of the Gale Street Inn restaurant; Demetrios "Jimmy" Kozonis of Mega Group, a real estate development firm; and representatives of the Jefferson Park Chamber of Commerce.
The committee contributed $3,500 to sponsor the sculpture, which will remain in the Jefferson Park Business District for one year — unless someone buys and agrees to maintain it. The Ocamposilvas will get a $1,500 stipend and $2,000 will go to the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit for marketing and additional costs.
The sculpture is a few blocks away from the Ed Paschke Art Center, which is scheduled to open June 22 and several murals along nearby viaducts.
Cyd Smillie, Arena's arts liaison and the president of Arts Alive Chicago, said the sculpture would bring new life to the Jefferson Park Business District, which has struggled to fill empty storefronts.
A sculpture will also be installed in the Six Corners Shopping District as part of the Chicago Sculpture Exhibit.