As you stroll through Addison’s picturesque parks this summer, you may notice three 15-ft monarchs soaring above your head at the southeast corner of Spring Valley Road and Vitruvian Way. This is only the latest sculpture commissioned by the Addison Arbor Foundation, the twelfth public art installation, and the very first kinetic art piece. Artist David Hickman installed the piece, titled the Aerial Ballet – Monarch, on Monday, April 30th.
For years, Hickman has made a name for himself with regards to kinetic art work and defines himself as a three-dimensional sculptor who focuses primarily on this particular element. He studied sculpture under Octavio Medellin for over ten years before resigning as Field Service Coordinator with Surgikos, Inc. and pursuing a full-time career in the arts.
“I am honored to have my butterfly sculpture in the Town of Addison art collection and especially happy with its location in the pollinator patch that will attract the migrating monarchs,” exclaimed the proud artist in a recent press release on the topic. The pollinator patch Hickman is referring to is just one more intriguing aspect of the artwork – a joint effort between the Addison Arbor Foundation, master gardeners, and the town.
Addison Arbor Foundation President Jay Ihrig added in the aforementioned press release, “The location is ideal to show the beauty and motion of the butterflies. We are pleased that Mr. Hickman agreed to create this piece for Addison.” He continued to thank UDR, Inc. – a partial owner of Vitruvian Park – for their generous donations, which allowed for the project to come to fruition.
This isn’t the first work of public art to offer a fun, free spirited air to the Town of Addison, and you can be sure it won’t be the last. Addison Parks Director Michael Kashuba has already stated that the city is working with the Addison Arbor Foundation to add more unique works into its collection.