During my weekend trip to Chicago, I had the lovely opportunity to go for a bike ride with a friend among the many sculptures at the Skokie Northshore Sculpture Park. It was just as close and a lot less crowded than the lakeshore. I found myself wishing that Detroit had more spots like this.
Here’s a picture of one of the sculptures that really caught my attention.
SCULPTURE: Fairy Circle
ARTIST: Mark Chatterley
MEDIA: High-Fired Clay – Crater Glaze
Chatterley’s work is self-described as “life scale primitive figurative
sculpture.” “Fairy Circle” is both evocative and mythic in character. The figures appear to be engaged in a rhythmic dance or ritual activity. Like the graces or muses of Greek mythology, they are suggestive of beauty, nature, human creativity and fertility. “My work is about traveling in the dream world — the place that exists between wakefulness and sleep … I try to make pieces that are timeless yet contemporary, as if the sculpture was dug up from a civilization yet to exist,” says the artist.
On reflection, it seemed to me that my attraction to this piece was partly a recognition on some level that the search for deeper relationship with God is not a solitary quest, that we need each other, even though at times we may drive each other crazy.