Bernard Williams Selected as 45th Ward YOPA Artist
Pictured: “Talking Wall”
I am pleased to announce Bernard Williams as the artist selected to create a site-specific piece of public art in the 45th Ward as a part of the Year of Public Art (YOPA). This selection was based on community feedback collected through the online survey and interviews conducted with artists.
Williams approaches his artwork by reflecting on the history and dynamics of a place and creating pieces that will add to the social fabric of the area using symbols and patterns. He believes history and culture can make dramatic statements about society, and likes for his artwork to reflect those statements.
Williams has robust experience working with communities to create pieces that honor their history. You can find his artwork featured in Chicago’s Chinatown, Michigan City, Purdue University, and more. His sculpture “Talking Wall” is a great example of how the history of a place helped shape his work. This bold, yet engaging, sculpture invites in the public and encourages them to take a moment to experience the piece, often acting as a catalyst to conversation.
My office is eager to facilitate conversations between Williams and the community and is confident that he will create a site-specific piece that will honor the community’s historical roots.