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on CHICAGO's NAVY PIER:  "PIER WALK '99"
The largest outdoor sculpture show in the world opened May 5, 1999 and ran through
November 8, 1999.  "Fathers and Sons" was located on Illinois Avenue as one entered Navy Pier

Fathers and Sons at Chicago's Navy Pier Fathers and Sons detail
"Fathers and Sons" copyright (c) 1999  Peter W. Michel,      click here to see enlarged images
Fathers and Sons detail
"Fathers and Sons",
"Fathers and Sons"  10' high with a 10'-6" diameter base.  Painted aluminum.
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"In a world in which we often find ourselves isolated and estranged from one another, my work suggests and celebrates the possibility of relationship and community where love, support, playfulness and individual self expression can flourish."  -Peter W. Michel
 
 It symbolizes the support structure provided by fathers upon which their sons can play, grow and become men ...

The 1999 Chicago Pier Walk Show was the fifth year of this show and is claimed to be the largest outdoor sculpture show in the world.  In 1998 Pier Walk '98 had 171 monumental outdoor pieces by artists from 9 countries. It was expected that 7 million people would visit Pier Walk '98 during its 6 month duration. 
The 1999 show had 115 sculptures and featured a piece over 100 feet long by the celebrated English sculptor Sir Anthony Caro. 

Special THANKS goes to my community of sponsors, who made this work possible! 

On November 8th and 9th, 1999 "Fathers and Sons" was moved to The Wandell Sculpture Garden at Meadowbrook Park in Urbana, Illinois and is now part of their permanent collection.   Also see photos of the move

 A  World Wide Public Art Project has been declared: 
Celebrating Fathers and Sons

"Fathers and Sons" CAD drawing & wood version & other information on "Fathers and Sons"  
 Limited edition wood tabletop piece  
See WHAT PEOPLE SAY ABOUT " FATHERS and SONS"  

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1999 by Peter W. Michel                Posted 05-19-1999   updated 07-05-2013
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 Peter W. Michel, sculptor  185 Brookside Lane Fayetteville, NY 13066  315-632-4780 peter@petermichel.com 



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