I recently learned of the Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery located in nearby downtown Lockport, IL. Someone I knew only through Facebook connections is going to be hosting an art fair in this area next Spring and she recently added me onto its page. In doing so the guy who managers the museum friend-ed me and that is how I learned it was even there.
I saw they had a few different outdoor installations going on - one was sculptures based on the steam punk movement and apparently there was an event held recently for the outdoor and an indoor installation and celebration.
While I am not totally into the culture that is steam punk I do like the combination of Victorian era and gadgets and I really liked the Abraham Lincoln in a steam punk version sculpture that is the center of this park right now called Lincoln Landing.
The other installation is the wood branch arches that are installed in the old I&M canal. So simple in design and yet they make for such an interesting visual in the water. I sat and watched the ducks - kind of hoping they would swim through the arches but they all go around them all which I found kind of funny.
We had some storms last night so the artist of this installation was out there fixing things up and re-arranging a few of them a bit - so it was cool to say hello and he stopped to say Hi to Annie in the process.
I will definitely need to go back without Annie so I can head into the Gallery. I am so glad I went walk around there with her this morning though because the weather is absolutely amazing and its nice discovering things like this going on in the local community.
Who knows maybe it will lead to something or some artistic connections in the local area - which I would love!