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Groups are working to complete restoration of a century-old landmark known as the Black Hawk statue in northern Illinois. The 48-foot-tall, 270-ton statue in Lowden State Park has been covered in black protective sheets since a restoration effort that started five years ago came to a halt. A lack of state funding and a dispute on the restoration team stopped work.


The University of Illinois is preparing to unveil a replacement menorah structure outside the Chabad Center for Jewish Life after it was vandalized for the fourth time in three years.

This week, were talking with Kari Schimmel, coordinator of Sculpture Walk Peoria; an with Jaci Willis, one of the sculptors whose work is featured this year.

Schimmel talks about some of the events scheduled to coincide with Sculpture Walk, and how it's grown as it enters its third year. Willis talks about her piece, and what it's like to participate in the event as a featured artist.

Sculpture Walk Peoria kicks off with a ribbon-cutting and inaugural walk, tomorrow morning at 10:00.

Visitors to Rochelle this weekend will have a chance to see some unusual artwork in a field next to the city’s high school.  It’s an appropriate venue, because the material used is often found in a field.  It’s the first U.S. National Straw Sculpting Competition.

This week, we're talking with sculptor Matt Matheney, His piece "Eternal Flame" is featured in the inaugural Sculpture Walk Peoria. He talks about that piece, about his choice to work in stone, and about his experiences as a participant in the event's first year. Next year's Sculpture Walk begins on June 4th.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Peoria sculptor Nita Sunderland has donated part of her personal artwork collection to the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

The donation includes 18 pieces of Sunderland's work including sculptures, drawings and a painting. It also includes eleven works by other artists.

 Museum curator Kristan McKinsey calls Sunderland a trailblazer. She says the artist made the donation in November, "anything I thought would help fill out our collection at the Riverfront Museum." 

Riverfront Museum to dedicate fountain

Apr 26, 2013

The Peoria Riverfront Museum will dedicate the latest addition to its sculpture garden collection this weekend. Harrison Gibbs’ sculpture Fountain Group will be honored Sunday afternoon at two in the garden off Water Street. The sculpture is the only fountain on display in the garden. Museum officials say The Fountain Group blends classical and modern styles. It is also the only sculpture with a direct connection to the Peoria area. The artist was from Pennsylvania and married Maurine Montgomery, a sculptor from Peoria, back in the 1930’s.