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Public Commissions & Works

Richard Hunt singularly made the largest contribution to public art in the United States, with more than 160 public sculpture commissions gracing prominent locations in 24 states and Washington, D.C. 

1960

Spirit Ascending

(no longer extant)

Welded steel

Student Union, Southern University,

Baton Rouge, LA

 

1967

Figurehead

Welded aluminum

Ridgewood High School, Norridge, IL

1968

John Jones

Welded aluminum

The DuSable Museum of African

American History, Chicago (originally

commissioned by the Illinois

Sesquicentennial Committee and

installed at the University of Illinois

at Chicago Circle)

1969

Play

Welded Cor-Ten steel

John J. Madden Mental Health

Center, Maywood, IL

Centennial Sculpture

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Private collection (originally commissioned for and installed at  Centennial Forum, Loyola University, Chicago)

1971

Cross

Welded bronze

Saint Matthew United Methodist

Church, Chicago

Large Hybrid

Cast bronze (ed. 1/4)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture

Garden, Smithsonian Institution,

Washington, DC

Large Hybrid

Welded Cor-Ten steel

State University of New York

at New Paltz

Large Natural Form, Number 1

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Southern Illinois University,

Edwardsville

Planar Mountain

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Remis Sculpture Court, Tufts

University, Medford, MA

Sea Wall

Plaster, glass, wood, and metal

Private collection (originally

commissioned for and installed at

Michael Reese Hospital and Medical

Center, Chicago)

Winged Hybrid

(current whereabouts unknown)

Welded steel

American Telephone and Telegraph

Company, 195 Broadway, New York

1972

Expansive Construction

Welded bronze

Theaster Gates Studio (originally

commissioned for and installed

at Johnson Publishing Company,

Chicago)

Natural Form, Number 1

Cast bronze

Private collection (originally

commissioned for and installed at

Kraftco Corporation, Glenview, IL)

Natural Form, Number 2

Cast bronze

Private collection (originally

commissioned for and installed at

Kraftco Corporation, Glenview, IL)

1973

Large Hybrid

Cast bronze (ed. 2/4)

Private collection (originally

commissioned for and installed at

Amalgamated Trust and Savings

Bank, Chicago)

Large Hybrid

Cast bronze (ed. 3/4)

The DuSable Museum of African

American History, Chicago

Outgrown Pyramid, Number 1

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific

Film Archive, Berkeley, CA (currently

installed on Observatory Hill,

University of California, Berkeley)

 

Outgrown Pyramid, Number 2

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park,

Governors State University,

University Park, IL

 

Wall Piece with Extending Forms

Welded bronze

Private collection (originally

commissioned for and installed at Main Bank of Chicago)

1974

Dynamic Pyramid

Welded bronze

Private collection (originally commissioned for and installed at Johnson Products Company, Chicago)

 

Europa Hybrid

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Sculpture Garden, Nassau County

Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

 

Expansive Construction

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Storm King Art Center,

Mountainville, NY

 

Hybrid Form, Number 2

Welded Cor-Ten steel

West Main Street and Front Street,

Niles, MI

 

Planar Hybrid

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park,

Governors State University,

University Park, IL

Triangulum

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Springfield Art Museum,

Springfield, MO

Why?

Cast bronze (ed. 1/3)

Smart Museum of Art (formerly

installed in Harper Quadrangle),

University of Chicago

Why?

Cast bronze (ed. 2/3)

Franklin D. Murphy Sculpture

Garden, Hammer Museum,

University of California at Los Angeles

Why?

Cast bronze (ed. 3/3)

Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, Chicago

1975

Extended Forms

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

 

Extended Land Form

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Wichita Art Museum

From Here to There

Welded bronze (2 parts)

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Community Service Center, Chicago

 

Historical Circle and Peregrine Section

Welded Cor-Ten steel (2 parts)

Bentley Historical Library, University

of Michigan, Ann Arbor

 

Large Hybrid

Cast bronze (ed. 4/4)

Lincoln Medical and Mental Health

Center, Bronx, NY

Slabs of the Sunburnt West

Welded bronze

Richard J. Daley Library, University

of Illinois at Chicago

Sparrow Hill: Incline and Extension

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Sculpture Garden, Nassau County

Museum of Art, Roslyn Harbor, NY

 

1976

Cross

Welded bronze

Saint John AME Church, Chicago

 

Emerging Forms

Welded stainless steel

The University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington

 

Harlem Hybrid

Welded bronze

Roosevelt Triangle, Harlem, New York

 

Large Natural Form, Number 2

Welded Cor-Ten steel

The Woodlands, Woodlands, TX

 

Outgrowth

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Ben Hill Community Center, Tulsa, OK

 

Richmond Cycle

Welded bronze (2 parts)

Frank Hagel Federal Building,

Richmond, CA

1977

Ascending Descending Form

Welded bronze, brass, and copper

Joseph Caleb Community

Center, Miami

 

Cartwright Mound

Welded bronze

Cartwright Park, Evanston, IL

I Have Been to the Mountain

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Reflection

Park, Memphis (originally

commissioned for and installed

at Mid-America Mall, Memphis)

Jacob’s Ladder

Welded bronze

Carter G. Woodson Regional Library,

Chicago

Music for a While

Welded Cor-Ten steel (2 parts)

Ravinia Park, Highland Park, IL

Reaching Out

Welded brass and bronze

Waterloo Center 

for the Arts, Waterloo, IA

Sentimental Scale and Wedge

Welded bronze (2 parts)

Cuyahoga County and Cleveland

Municipal Courts Tower, Justice

Center Complex, Cleveland

1978

A Bridge Across and Beyond

Welded bronze

Blackburn Center, Howard

University, Washington, DC

Bronx Victory

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Whitney Young Jr. School, Bronx, NY

Centennial

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Hobart Taylor Hall, Prairie View A&M

University, Prairie View, TX

Firebird

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Bayou Building, University of Houston–Clear Lake

 

Hybrid Figure

Cast bronze

Lubeznik Center for the Arts,

Michigan City, IN

Mountain Flight

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Greenville County Museum of Art,

Greenville, SC

Symbiosis

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Carnegie Hall, Howard University,

Washington, DC

1979

Fox Box Hybrid

Welded Cor-Ten steel

900 North Lake Shore Drive, Chicago

Orpheus

Welded bronze

Cultural Activities Center, Temple, TX

Tower Hybrid

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Laumeier Sculpture Park, Saint Louis

Windover

Welded bronze

James L. Allen Center, Kellogg

School of Management,

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL

1980

Farmer’s Dream

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Museum of Contemporary Art

Chicago (originally commissioned for

and installed at International Minerals Corporation, Northbrook, IL)

1981

Bridging and Branching

Welded stainless steel

Woodfield Office Campus, Schaumburg, IL

Pillar

(current whereabouts unknown)

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Michael Reese Hospital and Medical

Center, Chicago

 

Spirit of Freedom

Welded bronze

Emanuel Cleaver II Boulevard,

Kansas City

1981–85

Wing Generator

Cast bronze and welded bronze

Emmanuel Episcopal Cemetery

Middleburg, VA

1982

Giant Steps

Welded stainless steel

DMC Detroit Receiving Hospital

Growing in Illinois

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Veterinary Medicine Building,

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Iceberg

(no longer extant)

Welded and painted steel tubing

Piedmont Park, Atlanta

1982/2010

Maquette for Wing Generator

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Raclin Murphy (formerly Snite) Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN

1983

Active Hybrid

Welded bronze

Peoria Riverfront Museum (formerly

Lakeview Museum of Arts and

Sciences), Peoria, IL

After the Flood, Before the Fire

Welded and cast bronze

The Mather, Evanston, IL

The Bush Was Not Consumed

Welded brass and bronze

Olivet Nazarene University,

Bourbonnais, IL (originally

commissioned for and installed at

Temple B’nai Israel, Kankakee, IL)

Eternal Life

Welded bronze

Olivet Nazarene University,

Bourbonnais, IL (originally

commissioned for and installed at

Temple B’nai Israel, Kankakee, IL)

From the Sea

Welded bronze

Private collection (originally

commissioned for and installed at McDonald’s Corporation,

Oak Brook, IL)

Hybrid Construction

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Miami University Art Museum,

Oxford, OH

 

Organic Construction

Welded bronze

333 Wacker Drive, Chicago

Victory Construction

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Potter Center, Jackson College,

Jackson, MI

[Installed 1995]

1984

Icon

(current whereabouts unknown)

Welded and cast bronze

Hamburger University, McDonald’s

Corporation, Oak Brook, IL

Illinois River Landscape

Welded steel

Illinois Department of Natural Resources, Springfield IL

(Originally commissioned for and installed at the James R. Thompson Center, formerly the State of Illinois Center, Chicago)

Meander

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Durand Art Institute, Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL

Sea Change

Welded Cor-Ten steel

University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC

Senator Adelbert Roberts Memorial

Cast bronze

State Capitol Rotunda, Springfield, IL

Starwalk

Welded bronze

Sharp Museum Sculpture Garden, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

1985

Dune Growth

Welded stainless steel

Regional Transportation Center,

Gary, IN

Interchange

Welded stainless steel

Regional Transportation Center,

Gary, IN

1986

Build-Grow

Welded stainless steel

York College, City University

of New York, Jamaica, Queens, NY

Growing Orbit

Welded bronze

Private collection (originally

commissioned for and installed

at FMC Corporation, Chicago)

Sea Change

Welded bronze

Institute of Environmental

Sustainability, Loyola University,

Chicago (originally commissioned

for and installed at Northern

Trust, Chicago)

1987

Elements

Welded stainless steel

United Technologies Engineering

Building, University of Connecticut,

Storrs

Winged Form

Welded bronze

Aon Center (formerly Amoco Building Plaza), Chicago

1989

Anvil’s Reach

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Mott-Warsh Collection, Flint, MI

(currently on loan to Applewood–

Ruth Mott Foundation, Flint, MI)

Eagle Columns

Welded bronze

Jonquil Park, Chicago

Flavor Cone

Stainless steel

Givaudan Flavors Corporation,

Cincinnati

Freedmen’s Column

Welded bronze

Cramton Auditorium, Howard University, Washington, DC

From the Ground Up

Welded bronze

Private collection (originally

commissioned for and installed at

Logan Circle Historic District,

Washington, DC)

1990

Wisdom Bridge

Welded stainless steel

6295 Shannon Parkway, Union City,

GA (originally commissioned for and

installed at Atlanta Public Library)

1991

Altar, Lectern, Tabernacle, and Crucifix

Stone, steel, and stainless steel

Holy Angels Catholic Church (Our

Lady of Africa Parish), Chicago

Expansion Column

Welded bronze

United Missouri Bank, 1310

Carondelet Drive, Kansas City

(originally commissioned for and

installed at United Missouri Bank

Plaza, Saint Louis)

Sculptural Improvisations

(originally titled Sculptural

Improvisations, Number 2)

Welded bronze

BPS Gardens, Michigan State

University, East Lansing

(installed 2008)

Spatial Interactions: Aerographic Forms and Cantilevered Confluence

Welded bronze

Hunter Museum of American Art,

Chattanooga, TN

1992

Build-Grow, Four Growth Columns, and Swan Column

Welded bronze

Edward Bennett Williams Building,

Washington, DC

Pass Through

Stainless steel

The University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington

1993

Explorer Column

Welded stainless steel

Asnuntuck Community College,

Enfield, CT

Freeform

Welded stainless steel

Michael A. Bilandic Building

(formerly State of Illinois Building),

Chicago

Nature’s Palette

Welded bronze

Festival Playhouse, Kalamazoo

College, Kalamazoo, MI

Planar Hybrid

Welded bronze with Cor-Ten steel base

McMichael Residence Hall,

Monmouth College, Monmouth, IL

1994

Growth Development Interaction

Welded stainless steel (3 parts)

McHenry County College, Crystal

Lake, IL

Sculptural Improvisation, Number 1

Welded bronze

Ravinia Park, Highland Park, IL

1995

Ascending Descending Ascending

(current whereabouts unknown)

Welded bronze

Law Offices of Bradley, Arant,

Rose and White, Birmingham, AL

Sculptural Enlightenment

Welded bronze

Roosevelt University, Chicago

1996

Bookends

Welded stainless steel

Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL

1997

Active Hybrid

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Rudy Park, Dowagiac, MI

Ascension

Welded stainless steel

Knoblauch Hall, Western Illinois University, Macomb

Chi-Town Totem

Welded bronze and stainless steel

McCormick Place, Chicago

Harp Song

Welded bronze

Weinberg Community for Senior

Living, Northbrook, IL

Saint Procopius

Welded bronze

Saint Procopius Abbey, Lisle, IL

Winged Column

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Shiawassee Arts Center, Owosso, MI

Wingways

Welded stainless steel

Southwestern Illinois College

(formerly Belleville Area College),

Granite, IL

1999

Growing

Welded stainless steel

Tomahawk Creek Parkway Sculpture

Garden, Leawood, KS (originally

commissioned for and installed at

City Hall, Leawood, KS)

Linked Forms

Welded stainless steel

Laumeier Sculpture Park, Saint Louis

2000

Celestial Conversation

Welded bronze

Caroline Hall, Mount Mary University,

Milwaukee

Column of the Free Spirit

Welded bronze

Frederik Meijer Gardens and

Sculpture Park, Grand Rapids, MI

Man’s Way Nature’s Way

Welded stainless steel

California Environmental Protection

Agency, Sacramento

2001

Three Crosses

Welded stainless steel and bronze

University Park Baptist Church,

Charlotte, NC

2002

And You, Seas

Welded stainless steel

Krasl Art Center, Saint Joseph, MI

(installed at Silver Beach County

Park, Saint Joseph, MI)

Flight Forms

Welded stainless steel

Midway International Airport, Chicago

Memorial Cross

Welded bronze

Immanuel Lutheran Church,

Valparaiso, IN

Open Book

Welded bronze

Schaumburg Public Library,

Schaumburg, IL

Tower of Aspiration

Welded stainless steel

Springfield Village Park, Augusta, GA

Uplifted

Welded stainless steel

Flossmoor Sculpture Gardens,

Flossmoor, IL

2003

Oasis

Welded bronze, brass, copper, and

stainless steel

John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook

County, Chicago

2004

Progress

Welded stainless steel

General Classroom Building,

North Carolina A&T State University,

Greensboro

Victory, Victory

Welded stainless steel

Fort Des Moines Memorial Park,

Des Moines, IA

2005

Timescape and Steelaway

Welded Cor-Ten steel

North Carolina School of the Arts,

Winston-Salem

We Will

Welded stainless steel

The Heritage at Millennium Park,

Chicago

2006

And They Went Down Both into the Water

Welded bronze

Springfield Village Park, Augusta, GA

Crossroads

Welded bronze (7 parts)

Crossroads Plaza, Lewis and Clark

Community College, Godfrey, IL

Quest for Peace

Welded stainless steel

Adlai Stevenson High School,

Lincolnshire, IL

2008

Muskegon, Together Rising

Welded stainless steel

Western Avenue and Third Street,

Muskegon, MI

Silver Linings

Welded stainless steel

Lakeland Medical Center, Saint

Joseph, MI

2009

Sea and Sails

Welded stainless steel

600 North Lake Shore Drive,

Chicago

2010

Of the River Mounds and Bridges

Welded stainless steel

East Saint Louis Center, SIU

Edwardsville, East Saint Louis, IL

2011

Angled Angel

Welded Cor-Ten steel

Kenmore Plaza, Loyola University,

Chicago

Build a Dream

Welded stainless steel

Jefferson Avenue and Thirty-First

Street, Newport News, VA

Columnar Construction

Welded stainless steel

Applewood–Ruth Mott Foundation,

Flint, MI

2012

Bench for Joan

Welded stainless steel

Ravinia Park, Highland Park, IL

Beyond the Frame

Welded bronze

Ravinia Park, Highland Park, IL

Building Growing

Welded stainless steel

Gwendolyn Brooks Center for Black

Literature and Creative Writing,

Chicago State University

Valpo Variations

Welded stainless steel

Brauer Museum of Art, Valparaiso

University, Valparaiso, IN

Yes

Welded stainless steel

Chicago State University

2013

Piano Passion

Welded stainless steel

Ravinia Park, Highland Park, IL

Steel Garden

Welded stainless steel

Private collection (originally commissioned for and installed at  Rainbow Beach Park, Chicago)

2015

From Our Past, Toward Our Future

Welded stainless steel

University Quad, University of

Southern Indiana, Evansville

2016

Diapason

Welded stainless steel

Voxman Music Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City

Swing Low

Welded bronze

National Museum of African

American History and Culture,

Smithsonian Institution,

Washington, DC

2017

Spiral Odyssey

Welded stainless steel

Romare Bearden Park, Charlotte, NC

2018

Eternal Flame of Hope

Welded stainless steel

Soldier Field, Special Olympics

Drive, Chicago

Rising Crossing Tides

Welded stainless steel (2 parts)

Krasl Art Center, Saint Joseph, MI

2020

Becoming

Welded bronze

Disciples Divinity House of the University of Chicago

2021

FireKeepers Flame

Welded stainless steel

Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the

Potawatomi, FireKeepers Casino

Hotel, Battle Creek, MI

The Light of Truth Ida B. Wells National Monument

Welded bronze

South Langley Avenue, Bronzeville,

Chicago

Rising

Welded stainless steel

Thrivent, 600 Portland Avenue

South, Minneapolis, MN

 

2023

Book Bird

Welded bronze

Reading Garden, Obama Presidential

Center, Chicago

[to be installed in 2026]
Rise Up

Welded stainless steel

Morehouse College, Atlanta

[to be installed in 2026]

2024

Hero Ascending

Welded stainless steel

Mamie and Emmett Till-Mobley House Museum and Theater, Chicago

Spirits Ascending

Welded bronze

Richard Hunt Memorial

Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago

FORTHCOMING

Rising Opportunities

Stainless Steel

Discovery Partners Institute, University of Illinois System, The 78, Chicago

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