About the Artist
Evan Lewis has been creating sculptures since 1978; receiving his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he also resides and runs a full-time art studio. For more information about his work and studio, please visit www.evanlewisinc.com
Lewis’s interest in kinetic, wind-powered art has led him to work primarily in metal, mostly in stainless steel and aluminum. His sculptures are inspired by the organic shapes of flora and fauna and structural forms like bridges and radio towers. He is especially intrigued by the ever-changing character of kinetic sculptures powered by an unpredictable source, the wind, creating a unique and dynamic experience for viewers.
Lewis has also created several site-specific commissioned pieces that reflect and enhance their surroundings and address the local weather and wind conditions. His most ambitious commission to date is a large pavilion sculpture with a weather vane and a shadow alignment feature. This piece, entitled “The Crossing”, was commissioned for the campus of the Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and installed in May 2003.
The Crossing is sited on the 90th meridian and it creates a geometric shadow alignment at solar noon every day with particular alignments manifesting on the spring and fall equinox and the summer and winter solstice.
Other large commissions include pieces for downtown East Lansing, Michigan; the campus of the Northern Illinois University ad DeKalb; the Homart Community Center in Denver, Colorado; the Westlake Shopping Center in Ohio and the 1988 Expo in Brisbane, Australia. Several of Lewis’s sculptures were featured in the 1996 motion picture Twister.
Evan Lewis has repeatedly shown his work at Pier Walk Chicago and is currently showing several pieces in outdoor sculpture exhibits and art galleries around the country.