Alum Richard Hunt to Create the Obama Center’s First Commissioned Artwork

A rendering of the exterior of the presidential center. There are trees and greenery around the area, and to the right is Hunt’s golden sculpture of a bird flying out of an open book.

A rendering of the artwork Richard Hunt will produce for the Obama Presidential Center. Image courtesy of the Obama Foundation

A rendering of the artwork Richard Hunt will produce for the Obama Presidential Center. Image courtesy of the Obama Foundation

Sculptor and alum Richard Hunt (BA 1957, HON 1979) is the first artist commissioned [15] by the Obama Foundation to create a piece for the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side. The golden sculpture, entitled Book Bird, will be installed in the reading garden outside of a Chicago Public Library branch that’s a part of the presidential center. “To have one of the greatest artists Chicago ever produced, participate in what we hope is an important cultural institution for the city in the South Side–it feels like a pretty good fit to me,” Obama said of Hunt and the commission. Hunt’s work will play a major role in the Obamas’ wish to establish the presidential center as one of Chicago’s notable cultural and artistic institutions.

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