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Int. Sculpture Park

Schaumburg, Illinois


Sculpture has most often been made to occupy open areas, in civic squares and in gardens, or to adorn the facades of buildings or mark sacred sites. The grounds that lie inside the Schaumburg Municipal Complex were configured to display The Chicago Athenaeum's extensive collection of contemporary sculpture.
This garden was planned 20 years ago by the Greek architect and artist, Ioannis Karalias. The diagonal of the main pathway cuts across the gardens where the sculptures are placed within the natural confines of the open native Midwest Prairie. Displayed in outside rooms are sculptures made by International and American artists. Most of the sculptures were bought and placed in the garden during the late 1990s and reflect the abstract, industrial aesthetic of that time, however there are some works that are more evocative, for example the Vineland sculpture by the Norwegian artist, Jarle Rosseland, is a Stonehenge-like configuration that emulates an ancient Viking Ship that was once used to discover the Americas. The International Sculpture Park is a unique public-private partnership between The Village of Schaumburg and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.
Major funding for the Park was provided by American Airlines.



The Chicago Athenaeum's International Sculpture Park is situated on 20 acres of meadow, forest, and natural prairie and is located one hour from downtown Chicago.
On the grounds of the Robert O. Atcher Municipal Center 
201 Schaumburg Court 
Schaumburg, IL 60193
Prairie Center For the Arts 
201 Schaumburg Ct 
Schaumburg, IL 60193
The International Sculpture Park is open daily from sunrise to sunset.

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