Evanston’s newest public sculpture went on display this week under the Union Pacific tracks at the intersection of Emerson Street, Ridge Avenue and Green Bay Road.

It’s called “Stitch” and Australian artist Warren Langley was in town to install it this week. He says the design is meant to represent the juncture of four very distinct parts of town at the intersection.

The city’s cultural arts coordinator, Jennifer Lasik, says you should make a point to drive by at night when the sculpture is all lit up — “very very cool” then, she says.

The $89,000 sculpture was approved just over a year ago by the City Council as part of a roadway improvement project for portions of Green Bay Road and Emerson Street.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. All lit up

    Hopefully, “at night when the sculpture is all lit up”, motorist will not be lit up.

  2. This looks terrible. Like a

    This looks terrible. Like a bad stock market crash. Might be the worst use of funds the city has spent. Btw- who pays the electric bill?

  3. You have got to be kidding

    this has got to be hands down the dumbest and ugliest piece of “art” the city has ever purchased. The amount of money that went into having this thing installed. In almost 2 weeks I drove by that intersection every day and the amount of city workers that were there working and breaking up what looked like concrete, for what I imagine is the support or foundation for this, IS RIDICULOUS. How much money total did they spend on this “art”? Including time and labor of city employees and equipment plus cost of concrete, removal, transportation of art and on top that, installation. It’s good to see we have found extra money to cover our budget deficit, oh wait… never mind. Maybe we’ll just have the employees take more furlough days to cover the costs again. Yep that should do it. 

  4. “Stitch”

    We, on the Public Art Committee of the Evanston Arts Council are thrilled with “Stitch”, a colorful, sophisticated new piece of public art that activates a dark, nasty space. Funding came from the Percent for Art program, which requires that up to 1% of any Public Works project go towards public art. Two brilliant, geometric murals will soon accompany the sculpture and, one day, perhaps the “rags” on the facades of the tracks will be replaced with something beautiful too!  Public art shows that a city is optimistic about the future. The artist is internationally known and we are so proud to have him create this beautiful piece for the City of Evanston.

    1. Let me say I love public art

      Let me say I love public art and am all for it. With that said…

      How can you be delighted? This isn’t art. If you wanted to light the underpass that could of been achieved in a far more aesthetically pleasing way. Such an eyesore. The committee should reevaluate its taste. So sad and disappointing.

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