Schaumburg IL - We have our own little version of Stonehenge at Athenaeum Park

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Did you know that in Schaumburg IL we have our own little version of Stonehenge?

Yes, that's right.  Schaumburg is home to works of art from around the world at the Chicago Athenaeum Museum right on our doorstep. Peacefully wooded and shaded pathway to view the gathered arts at your leisure.  Bet you didn't know it was there!  (updated 3/18/17)

Sculpture Park is located on the grounds of the Prairie Center for the Arts (just south-east along the pathway) offering 15 sculptures from international artists bringing the world to our little corner.

Three sculptures are my favorites.  One looks like our own version of Stonehenge complete with blue sculpture park,schaumburg illinois,lyn sims,stones!  It's called 'Vinland' done in 1999 by Jarle Rosseland of Oslo, Norway.


'Vineland' commemorates the 1,000-year anniversary of the Viking explorer, Leif Eiriksson and his discovery of the Americas in the year 1001 AD. Fifteen giant stones in varying heights, from 6 to 15 feet, are arranged in the outline of a Viking ship with cryptic signs and the position of the stars and planets in the years 1,000, 2,000, and 3,000 AD highlighted in gold leaf.



This sculpture reminds me of the Moai on Easter Island.  It's called 'Skulaskeid' by Pall Gudmundsson from Iceland in 2000.


The eight-ton gigantic 6-foot head resembles an ancient face from Norse mythology. Quarried at the artist's studio at Husafell valley in Western Iceland, the name of the sculpture comes from an old legend of an outlaw, Skuli, who escaped his enemies riding the good horse "Sorli" over the rough trail of Kaldidalur, from Pingvellir to Husafell, where the horse died from exhaustion. The Icelandic poet, Grimur Thomsen (1820-1896) wrote about this epic tale from Viking times.






Another favorite of mine is 'Thought-Rise in Vacuum' by Hans-Christian Berg of Finland and done in 2001.  It's a giant rolling baseball made out of 'paper clips!'  I think it's wild!

The sculpture is composed of stainless steel and a metallic sphere, welded together in a cloud-like pattern with the perspective view of the larger numbers on the outside and the smaller numbers on the inside. The work welds art and science together. I think it's pretty cool!




My absolute favorite that I wanted to include in this post is not Ecce hora,sculpture park,schaumburg illinois,actually in the Athenaeum Park itself but in front of the municipal building near the swan pond and bridge.  It's called 'Ecce Hora' or 'Behold the Hour' by Christine Rojek.

The concept of the piece is based on making a decision says Rojek.  She got attached to the idea of 'now or never' and the passage of time and every day counts for this unique sundial piece.

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The sculpture 'Ecce Hora' has been featured in the Daily Herald publication:
Schaumburg - live, work, play of October 2008

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Mike Jones
SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) - Tucson, AZ
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Is that 'Ecce Hora' in the background at the top of your blog?  It's beautiful.

Mike in Tucson

Jul 28, 2009 10:09 PM #1
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Yes Mike, thanks for noticing. Tweeked it here and there and voila.

Jul 29, 2009 04:25 AM #2
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

Who knew, Lyn .. certainly not me!  They run a special every now and then on local channels regarding the western suburbs and the history, museums, things of interest you can find within them.  Fascinating stuff.  All this, right in the Chicagoland area and our own backyards.  Proving you don't have to go far to be amazed ... and that our locals are quite talented and creative people with real vision ...

Thanks for the info and pics!


Sep 25, 2012 04:20 AM #3
Linda K. Mayer
License # 01767321 - La Verne, CA

How awesome, Lyn!  I really love the paperclip thought... I totally get it!  That's what my brain feels like when I come up with something good!

Sep 25, 2012 08:48 AM #4
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

These sculpture gardens are always fun to see,  Some people have a lot of time andI am glad for we benefit form it,.

Sep 25, 2012 02:43 PM #5
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Real Estate

Linda:  I love that sculpture too. It's really intricate.

Bill:  I added a link because there are others in the area also that I never knew about.

Gene:  Most people don't know it's there & it's got loads of great art from international artists.  It also takes a lot of room for some of these sculptures.

Sep 26, 2012 12:01 AM #6
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