‘Sky Landing’ to be first permanent public art installation by Yoko Ono in the Americas, Representing a Lifelong Mission for Peace
Project 120 Chicago, a civic public-private partnership with the Chicago Park District, have announced that ‘Sky Landing’ by Yoko Ono is being installed in the Garden of the Phoenix located in Jackson Park. The installation harnesses the power of a pivotal two-acre site at the northern portion of the Wooded Island, the centerpiece of Jackson Park designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and the site of the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.
‘Sky Landing’ will be Yoko Ono’s first permanent public art work in the Americas. It is a marker of her place as an artist of profound international influence and of her lifelong mission for world peace. As a leading artist and activist, Yoko Ono has spent decades bridging the relationships between the East and the West. Ms. Ono has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the prestigious Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the Venice Biennale in 2009. The idea for a site-specific piece emerged from Yoko Ono’s initial visit to the site during the cherry blossom tree installation in 2013. “I recall being immediately connected to the powerful site and feeling the tension between the sky and the ground,” explains Yoko Ono. She already had a very special connection to the city of Chicago. When she first visited in the 1970’s, she stayed at a hotel overlooking Lake Michigan and later went back home to New York where she began to compose her hit song ‘Walking on Thin Ice.’ The yet-to-be-revealed installation brings her personal sense of hopefulness to the public realm and the intention is that visitors will feel a communal connection to Earth and Sky when experiencing the work. “I wanted the Sky to land here, to cool it, and make it well again,” remarked Ono when asked about the inspiration for her piece. ‘Sky Landing’ will become a place of congregation and contemplation and will be installed in harmony within the revitalized landscape of Jackson Park. Yoko Ono’s artistic contribution includes sculpture and landscape representing a legacy of Eastern and Western unity. At the same time, this work contributes to Chicago’s South Side cultural renaissance and the resurgence of art, music, and cultural programs in Jackson Park, in parallel with park landscape and habitat restoration.
Visit www.project120chicago.org/jackson-park-projects/p2-skylanding for more information.