TITLE: Prairie Pump

LOCATION: Diversey & Inner Lake Shore Drive

SIZE: 14' x 15' x 4'

MATERIALS: Carbon Steel, Limestone & Wood

SPONSOR: Presence Saint Joseph Hospital – Chicago

Jason Verbeek works building and restoring wetlands, ponds, and parks. To him sculptures consist of two elements, the work itself and the environment in which it exists. His recent sculptures have evolved from strictly steel into new, living entities.
Verbeek’s latest work, “Prairie Pump”, combines carbon steel, limestone and wood to create another one of his striking, earthy images. “Prairie Pump”, composed of rocks and rusted wood, celebrates the impressive silhouettes familiar to anyone who has passed the old, unused oil fields from America’s past. Though as we consider the nation’s prairie pumping renaissance, Verbeek’s earthen sculpture looks less like nostalgia and more like commentary.

YEARS EXHIBITED: 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008

Above photo shows selected year in exhibit
(Thumbnails show other years)