Sculpture Dedication of "Bench 9" adjacent to Urbana Free Library

Date: May 21, 2010 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

Urbana hosts a dedication for the installation of “Bench 9”, a functional sculpture in Downtown Urbana

The City of Urbana invites the public to attend a dedication of the sculpture entitled, Bench 9, on Friday, May 21st, at 3:00 PM.  Bench 9 is the third of four sculptures to be installed in Urbana this spring for a two-year placement.  Barry Hehemann, a sculptor from River Forest, IL, and an alumnus of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, will be installing the piece on the corner of Cedar Street and Green Street, adjacent to the Urbana Free Library, as part of the Urbana Sculpture Project.  The public is invited to meet the artist and learn more about the piece on site on Friday, May 21st, at 3:00 PM.   

Bench 9 is the ninth in a series of sculptural benches that explore special relationships in materials such as stone, concrete, steel, and stainless steel,” Hehemann explains.  Bench 9 employs steel pipe in the support of cast concrete shapes.  The twisting and intricate aggregate of forms induce the viewer to explore the piece in the round.  Functional sculpture challenges the participating public to consider issues of comfort and stability as well as the aesthetics of form”.

The Urbana Sculpture Project is part of the Urbana Public Arts Program, whose aim is to create a city where all residents can engage with the arts in its many forms, and where art is an integral part of the civic environment.  For additional information, contact the Urbana Public Arts Coordinator, Anna Hochhalter at (217) 384-2311, or by email at

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