FLOSSMOOR | Each school year at Homewood-Flossmoor High School, the 3D Studio Art students design and create a sculpture to be added to the art collection on campus.
This year, however, the students and their teacher, Greg Petecki, have collaborated with the Flossmoor Public Art Commission to install this year's creation — "Bell Tower" — in a more visible location for the H-F community: the lawn of the Flossmoor Public Library.
"Bell Tower," a 14-foot wooden sculpture to be on display for the next three years, will be celebrated and its artists will be recognized at a brief community ceremony at 3 p.m. today at the Flossmoor Public Library, 1000 Sterling. The artists are: Haley Armand, Jayla Barrett, Dylan Chose, Ronald Coleman, Duvante Dean, Josephine Edelbrock, Nigel Gibbs, Romello Jordan, Jalen Kidd, Zachary Larks, Imani Lindsey Graham, Paris Meeky, Keely Mizenburg, Kenneth Nye, Eva Santucci, Kayla Thomas and Javon Thompson. In addition to Petecki, the students also received welding instruction from Joe Tullo, H-F Applied Academics teacher.
The Flossmoor Public Art Commission is a program of the village of Flossmoor that works to promote the arts in the community through its sculpture garden. Throughout the past 15 years, the commission has acquired eight permanent sculptures and 10 leased sculptures for the community, including works by artists Judith Shea, Richard Hunt and Terry Karpowicz. The commission chairman is Richard Bumstead and its current members are Nancy Burrows, Shoran Lorsch, Michael Cheney, Terry Allison, Charlene Gordon and Jeff Stevenson.
In support of Sunday's celebration at the library, the neighboring Flossmoor Station Restaurant & Brewery, 1035 Sterling, will be donating 5 percent of all lunch and dinner proceeds that day to the commission in support of Flossmoor's public art program. The program relies, in part, upon private funding for support.