Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Wordless Wednesday - The Leaping Wall (11th Street and Wabash)


David Allen Waters said...

Hello friend :) great photos, what an amazing city you live in :)

n.lea. said...

not only can you paint but you take amazing pictures too.

I love that the two seem to be listening to the third read to them.

JuJu said...

I really love the guy reading the book. I think the one in the middle annoys the book reader, and the one on the right is nosy as hell. :-)

Chelle said...

Is this from a fairy tale of some sort? What is the inspiration behind it? Also, what is it carved out of? Its intriguing. (haha 20 questions I know)

madtexter (corey james) said...

That's fantastic! I adore public art installation. Art should be for all to see, not just to a select few.

Thanks for sharing this!

Dean Grey said...

David Allen Waters!

Chicago is AMAZING!



I appreciate that, Nikki!



Yeah, I love how one can read into their body language and come up with unique stories from it.



Your guess is as good as mine!

I see these sculptures every morning while walking to the arts-and-crafts store. The brick wall behind them has the words "The Leaping Wall" inscribed upon it.

Unfortunately there is no marker saying who created this or what the history behind it was.

I even searched for it online but nothing is showing up!



So agreeing with you!


Thanks to everyone for taking a look!


Chelle said...

geez, its so mysterious! I'm going to say its from a fairy tale story. lol :)

GayHermit said...

The sculpture is a part of the collection for Columbia College Chicago. Below are a two links that have a little more info.
The first is a link to the map locations of various college facilities. (The page you will be directed to is for the sculpture garden, which is blank for some reason.)
The second link contains a brief description of the sculpture garden. (You have to scroll down a bit to find it.)

If I remember correctly, I think the sculpture is partially made from concrete. [I may be wrong, so don't quote me or anything. ;-) ] If you truly need to know, contact Columbia College Chicago and ask. The link below may be helpful in getting more information.

Dean Grey said...


Sounds good to me!



Thank you for the informative links!

I knew this was probably commissioned by Columbia College at some point (it's right next to the college) but had no idea about the rest.

You are officially awesome!


I appreciate you both stopping by!


i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit said...


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Phoenix said...

Sorry it's taken so long, I've been busy.
It seems as if the one with the book has sorrowful eyes. The one on the far right I believe seems angry. I don't know, perhaps two are gossiping about the first?Perhaps because they're insecure? That's what their poses communicate to me. And the crow? What's that? I wonder...

Dean Grey said...

i'm a superhero i can like fly and shit!




The possibilities are endless!


Thanks to the two of you!


Jackdaw said...

I love the bird reading over his shoulder!

Cool statues, nice pics.

Dean Grey said...


The bird adds a certain something to this, doesn't it?


spudpatchroad said...

I only just saw your pictures of The Leaping Wall, a few years after the fact, but I thought I'd let you know that the artist is Ellen Nasvik and the medium is indeed concrete. Ellen currently lives on a ranch in Idaho and is still making cool stuff out of concrete.

Dean Grey said...


Glad to hear the artist is still creating art.

Thanks for the additional info regarding this post!