MEDIUM: oil on canvas
ARTIST: Thomas Kirk (Tom) Melvin (1952-)
INSTALLED AT LFL: 1992
DIMENSIONS: 3 sections
LOCATION IN LIBRARY: Children's foyer/ entrance
COMMISSIONED BY: Friends of Lake Forest Library
in memory of Douglas Keyt, former FOLFL president and LFL trustee
Mr. Melvin writes that he "endeavored to make the work decorative and playful at once. I did not wish that the images were too childish, that rather its appeal should be also very mature."
OTHER ART IN AREA:
Chicago-Saks entrance, Michigan Avenue; dinosaur diorama, Field Museum; University of Chicago bookstore mural, City Front Plaza; Level 3, BOOKS, Randolph Street parking garage.
ARTIST: Sylvia Shaw Judson
DIMENSIONS: 6’ x 9’
MEDIUM: Bronze and wood
INSTALLED AT LFL: 1967
LOCATION IN LIBRARY: Children’s Department
COMMISSIONED BY: Lake Forest Library Board of Trustees
ARTIST BIOGRAPHY/NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION:
Sylvia Shaw Judson (1897-1978) was the daughter of prominent Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw and poet and writer Frances Wells Shaw. She was raised at Ragdale in Lake Forest, the summer home built by Shaw for his family, which is now a well-known artist’s retreat. The tree that figures so prominently in the sculpture was selected by Judson from the Ragdale property, and was specially treated to last as long as the bronze children settled comfortably upon its branches.
Judson received her formal art education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, with additional study under Antoine Bourdelle in Paris. Judson is known particularly for her endearing interpretation of children and animals in various media. Franz Schulze, in his introduction to the artist’s book For Gardens and Other Places, states: “The comely simplicity of her concepts is matched by the directness and clarity of the forms with which she graces them. She is utterly without guile. Her treatment of favorite themes…is consistently tender, honest and serene…”
OTHER ART IN AREA:
Ravinia, Chicago Botanic Garden, Lake Bluff Library, Highland Park Library, Lake Forest Hospital, and Ragdale.