Yoko Ono will erect Sky Landing, her first permanent public art installation in the US, in a park in Chicago next year, the city announced on June 12.
Neither Ono nor Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel described the public art work that will be installed at Jackson Park in south Chicago on the shores of Lake Michigan. It will be ready for viewing in June 2016.
Ono, a multimedia artist and the widow of John Lennon, had the idea for the piece after she visited the area during a cherry blossom tree installation in 2013, a statement from the city says.
The trees, planted in batches since 2013, are a symbol of the close relationship between Japan and Chicago. The 170 cherry blossoms can be found in the Garden of the Phoenix, close to the site for Sky Landing. Ono’s artwork is part of a multi-million dollar initiative under Project 120 Chicago to revive Jackson Park.
A gift from Japan, the installation will become a place of congregation and contemplation, the statement says. – Reuters