Aspire #4 installed in Chicago

Christopher's latest forged sculpture from his "Aspire" series was recently installed for the 17th Annual Chicago Sculpture Exhibition 2018.

painted forged steel 204"h x 66"w x 66"d

Aspire #4 will be on view until May 2019, so we invite you to see this massive sculpture for yourself when you next visit Chicago.  The site is at the corner of 35th and Iron in Bridgeport in front of the new ComEd Training Center. Christopher and I will attend the Kick-Off Party on June 29 at Sedgwick Studios, 1544 N. Sedgwick and we invite you to share in the celebration. RSVP 312.772.2872

Christopher's Statement for "Aspire" series

"I am a blacksmith sculptor and classically trained musician who kayaks and hikes the canyons of the Southwest improvising flute in magical places for days at a time until I, the music, and the rock formations are one.

In my forge/studio, I hammer yellow-hot steel to shape at the anvil, employing the same improvisational techniques to create sculpture in the heat of the moment.

For the last five years, I have been combining lyrical forged elements into garden sculpture for the Pajos and Blooms series.

Gradually transitioning to public sculpture like the Aspire series, I learned to translate my exuberant expression into far more massive creations, using steam hammers and industrial presses.

My sculptures are all created in my studio with the help of 1 or 2 assistants."

Lisa Madison