Photos: Tom van Eynde
HYLE is a public art sculpture commissioned by DCASE as part of the City of Chicago's one percent for art program. The sculpture was designed by artist Juan Angel Chavez and was conceived as a space for gathering within an underutilized triangular plaza fronting the newly constructed Twelfth District Police Station. The plaza sits between Blue Island Avenue, Racine Avenue and 14th Place.
The sculpture was based on the dual forms of a morning glory flower and the gramophone. These forms are metaphors for tenacity and social change, which the community mutually seeks to transform the local social environment for the better. Between the sculptures steel members are beautifully crafted steel panels that evolved through conversations with local community members and provide shade and shadow throughout the day.
Borderless provided management and technical assistance.