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Janeil
Engelstad

Projects & Exhibitions

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Inspiration Circle 2003, Corten and Stainless Steel, 10 1/2’ diameter, 4 1/4’ tall. For the interior of the piece the students composed text: We are all part of the circle of life together we build the foundation that inspires us to move into the future and change the world. Photograph © Janeil Engelstad, All Rights Reserved.

Inspiration Circle 2003, Corten and Stainless Steel, 10 1/2’ diameter, 4 1/4’ tall. For the interior of the piece the students composed text: We are all part of the circle of life together we build the foundation that inspires us to move into the future and change the world. Photograph © Janeil Engelstad, All Rights Reserved.

Steel Sculpture Kenwood Academy, Chicago, IL

Project Director and Lead Teaching Artist

Assistant Teaching Artist Joel Wanek

Produced in partnership with the Hyde Park Art Center with students from Hyde Park area high schools

Funding provided by Hyde Park Art Center and the South East Chicago Commission

Fabricated by Dragonfly Metals

Throughout the summer and fall of 2002 Joel Wanek and I met with high school students in weekly workshops. We examined the role of celebrity and heroes, the function of public art and the relationship between artists and their communities. Practical workshops included drawing, model making and design. 

Initially the students had little or no relationship to public sculpture. Over time, they began to understand how to create a piece that spoke to what was important in their lives and in the lives of the greater community.

The sculpture that emerged from these workshops celebrates the positive role that artists, teachers, scientists, and family have in shaping our lives.