JEFFERSON PARK — A bright yellow abstract sculpture inspired by particle physics now marks the corner of Lawrence and Milwaukee avenue as part of this year’s Chicago Sculpture Exhibit.
"Prairie Song.Q" by Guy Bellaver, a mixed media sculpture, now occupies the plaza at in front of the CVS drugstore in the heart of the Jefferson Park Business District. The Q stands for quark, an elementary particle and a fundamental building block of matter.
Inspired by Fermilab's proton-antiproton particle collider, the sculpture is part of a series of works by Bellaver that explores the energetic relationship between positive and negative space, according to the artist.
The 43-sculpture exhibit includes Jefferson Park and Portage Park for the third year.
The sculpture was sponsored by community group Jefferson Park Forward and Arts Alive Chicago, which used an online fundraising effort to cover part of the $3,500 cost to bring the sculpture to Jefferson Park as part of the exhibit.
Bellaver's sculpture is the last of three sculptures to be installed this year in the 45th Ward as part of the exhibit.
Ald. John Arena (45th) has championed public art as a way to boost the vitality of neighborhoods in his ward.
Sculpture lovers can take a free audio tour of all of the sculptures in the exhibit via Otocast and listen to the artists talk about their sculptures, organizers said.
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