Robert Burnier's Black Tiberinus Turns Chicago's First Resident into a River God

Photo courtesy of Antonio Perez / Chicago Tribune
Robert Burnier (MFA 2016), "Black Tibernius," Photo courtesy of Antonio Perez / "Chicago Tribune"

Robert Burnier (MFA 2016) has been featured in the Chicago Tribune for a three-piece art installation on the city’s Riverwalk, made in collaboration with the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). The mustard-yellow structures are made of a steel framework and translucent nylon. The canopies will hover over Upper Wacker Drive like "the hand of a god," reports the Chicago Tribune. Titled, Black Tiberinus, the piece is an ode to Jean Baptiste Point du Sable, recognized as Chicago’s first permanent resident, as well as the Roman god of the Tiber river. On view from this August to May of next year, Burnier says the piece will turn Du Sable into “the god of the Chicago River, just as Tiberinus guards the Tiber.”