ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- The Rockford Art Museum (RAM) installed its first sculpture on the Rockford Riverwalk, along the west side of the Rock River, in downtown Rockford this summer.
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, 711 North Main Street, which houses Rockford Art Museum.
Other pieces of public art from the RAM Permanent Collection include:
The Big Chair by Jim Julin—RAM’s Armer Ahlstrand Sculpture Garden, 711 North Main St
Inland Passage by Michael Dunbar—711 North Main St
World of Information by Josh Garber—711 North Main St
Twin Fin, Too by Bruce White—711 North Main St
Rockmen Guardians by Terese Agnew—Rock River Recreation Path
Inlet Markers by Robert McCauley—Rock River Recreation Path
Suspended Motion by Gene Horvath—Hwy 251 / Ethel Ave, near Nicholas Conservatory
The Photographer by J. Seward Johnson, Jr.—outside Nicholas Conservatory