The Purdue University North Central Odyssey
Arts and Cultural Events Series will present the exhibit “Sculptor
Christine Rojek . . . Breeze Keeper Highlights” featuring photos
depicting the creation of her sculpture, Breeze Keeper, on exhibit Aug.
26 through Dec. 13 in the first floor, north study area of the PNC
Technology Building. It is free and open to the public.
Building hours are Monday through Friday, 7
a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m.
during the school semester; otherwise the building is closed on Sunday.
The sculpture Breeze Keeper was created by
Rojek and recently installed as part of the PNC campus Odyssey
sculpture exhibit. Breeze Keeper became part of the PNC STEM Camp as
Holly Beadles, Michigan City Area Schools art instructor, led campers
in assisting with the installation. Rojek noted, “This part of the
installation normally takes 10 hours to complete. With my team of
little campers handing me all of the parts, we were finished in less
than three hours. It was a joy to see their faces as they ‘tested’ each
The aluminum sculpture stands 9 feet high, 42
feet wide and 24 feet deep. It mimics the graceful planting rows and
the sway of the rural prairie. It consists of more than 70
wind-activated elements that are suspended from four frames
representing the landscape.
The photo exhibit provides a look at how Rojek carefully assembled
each piece of her sculpture and how the individual parts came together
to create a remarkable work of art.
Rojek specializes in creating public sculpture and uses the tenets
of fine design to create interactive environments that appeal to a
diverse audience. These forms of lyrical expression can be provocative,
humorous, or whimsical and have become destination pieces in many
cities throughout the United States.
After earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she continued her
studies at the American School of Fontainebleau in France where she
focused on both performance and installation art. Rojek has received
widespread recognition for her achievements, including several
fellowship grants from the Illinois Arts Council, the National
Endowment for the Arts and an AT&T Technology in Art Grant. Rojek
teaches at Columbia College Chicago. She is the co-founder of
SculpTours, a touring company promoting the appreciation and advancement
of sculpture in Chicago and she serves on the advisory board for the
Center for the Study of Art and Architecture.
For information about this exhibit or the Odyssey Arts and Cultural
Events Series, contact Judy Jacobi, PNC assistant vice chancellor of
Marketing and Campus Relations, at 785-5200, ext. 5593. Persons with
disabilities requiring accommodations should contact Jacobi.