Title: Visitation School
Site: 920 Garfield Boulevard, Chicago
Artist: Phil Schuster
Assistants: Cara Kuball and Christopher Santiago
Community Participants: Visitation School students
Sponsors: Chicago Public Art Group and GATX Corporation
Scale: Four - 44” diameter planters
Materials: Hand sculpted concrete
Information: Along the front of Visitation School on Garfield Boulevard a series of sculptures on concrete planters introduces the spiritual mission of Visitation School to passersby. The streetside planters depict biblical stories carved into wet concrete by the artist team. Surrounding the characters from the stories is foliage constructed from leaf forms created by very young students from Visitation.
During the summer, the foliage appliquéd onto the planters mimics the foliage spilling out of them. During the gray days of winter, the polychrome sculptures add a visual interest. The figures surrounding each planter are approximately the scale of children, an interesting means of making the biblical stories relevant to the very small children who walk by.