Pino, A Habitat Tree

Artist: Emily Moorhead-Wallace, Janet Austin
Location: Urban Pooch, 4501 N Ravenswood Ave
Materials: Steel, non-treated woods, dried plants, and other eco-friendly materials
Dimensions: 6ft
Installation Date: December 10, 2021

Project Details

Pino, A Habitat Tree was commissioned and installed as a part of the debut of the Ravenswood Sculpture Garden in 2021.

The piece functions as a pollinator habitat and public artwork, joining art and science. The sculpture is designed to meet the optimal dwelling needs of indigenous pollinators, solitary bees, and other insects.

Sponsors: Ravenswood Community Council, Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, Special Service Area #31

About the Artists

Emily Moorehead-Wallace

Emily Moorhead-Wallace is an art and artist advocate in Chicago, Illinois. She earned a BFA from Miami University of Ohio and a MFA from Washington University in St. Louis. Moorhead-Wallace and her partner, J. Taylor Wallace, combine construction experience and design expertise in rehabilitating their turn-of-the-century brick home and design showroom on Chicago’s Southside. Moorhead’s work is exhibited nationally. She has been a featured instructor at various institutions including Capital University in Columbus, Ohio and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She has been an artist in residence at The Torpedo Factory in Alexandria, Virginia and FugScreens in Chicago, Illinois. Recent projects include her “Stationary Effort” series of kinetic, performative sound sculptures which have been exhibited at the Cincinnati Arts Association Alice F. and Harris K. Weston Gallery, the Miami University Art Museum in Oxford, Ohio, and The Cube Gallery at VAE Raleigh, North Carolina.

Janet Austin

Janet Austin received her Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado and her Master’s degree in Printmaking and Art History from Villa Schifanoia Graduate School of Fine Art in Florence Italy. Austin creates in sculptural media, including glass, mosaics, concrete, bronze, and steel. Her work has graced public spaces across the country, including parks, zoos, botanic gardens, plazas, and transportation hubs. Her pieces explore the relationships and connections between humans and nature on a monumental scale.

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