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Some new lakefront sculptures, Shedd's Trainer for a Day program, and Room 237

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TIM DUNCAN
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Timothy J. Duncan, exhibits manager at Loyola University Museum of Art, is actually pretty conflicted about:

New lakefront sculptures I commute to work on the lakefront bike path each morning. I enjoy the time regarding the trees, the lake and most especially the birds. I ignore the traffic on Lake Shore Drive, pretending the park and lake are an isolated natural sanctuary. But recently there are new objects to look at in the park, and not ones made by Mother Nature. Sculptures have started sprouting up along the bike path from Diversey to Addison. There are some that seem to blend in with the natural surroundings, with their round curves and their flowing lines. The Man Balancing on a Leaf is my favorite. But there is also the Big Rusty Box.

I don't mind man-made art placed in a park. But why put an ugly rusty box in the middle of trees? There is also a ten-foot-tall eagle statue; it serves as nothing more than a gigantic scarecrow. Why put a giant scary eagle on the lakefront, a flyway for millions of birds? People are invading the natural world too much in this instance. Art should not be allowed to step over the line and ruin the few natural spaces we still have left to enjoy.

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