Swans

Description

Sculpture of a continuous curved piece of polished and burnished stainless steel with a double loop effect reminiscent of swimming swans. The piece was commissioned specifically for placement in the Water Court on the Library’s First Floor. Weighing approximately one thousand pounds, the sculpture was moved from the artist Elliott Balter’s studio to the Water Court by crane in 1979. The ceremony for the sculpture's dedication was held on Sunday, October 14, 1979.

On plaque:
Elliott Balter
”Swans”
In honor of Hester King
In memory of Armond D. King
made possible by gifts of Armond D. King, Inc.
The King Family
First National Bank of Skokie
Skokie Federal Savings and Loan Association
and a grant from
Illinois Arts Council
Elliott Balter (1926-2006) studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. He was one of the founders of the Skokie Sculpture Park and he taught art at Niles North High School in Skokie. In 1985, Balter opened his backyard Skokie Sculpture Garden to the public. His work has been exhibited at various locations around the United States and in Paris, Barcelona, and London.

Located in the Water Court on the First Floor.

Physical Dimensions

13 x 8 x 10 feet

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Citation

Balter, Elliott, 1926-2006, “Swans,” Skokie Public Library History, accessed December 6, 2021, https://skokielibraryhistory.omeka.net/items/show/3.

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