City of Urbana installs “Asteray”, by Nicole Beck

Asteray by Nicole Beck


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—September 22, 2014  

City of Urbana installs “Asteray”, by Nicole Beck, as part of 2014-16 Temporary Sculpture Series

The City of Urbana Public Arts Program and the Public Art League are proud to announce the installation of Asteray, a sculpture by Chicago artist Nicole Beck. The City of Urbana and the Public Art League worked together to complete the installation near the corner of Green and Cedar streets in downtown Urbana. Asteray represents the 42nd sculpture that the Public Art League has brought to the Champaign-Urbana community, and its installation is possible thanks to the generous support of Barak Rosenshine. The sculpture will reside at this location until mid-August 2016.

Nicole Beck is a sculptor with strong ties to Illinois and Champaign-Urbana in particular, with her pieces Astroterra and Foxgloves featured in the community in 2011, and Amplifiers scheduled for future installation on the University of Illinois campus. In addition, Beck’s sculptures have been featured in numerous exhibits in Chicago, including Avenue of Sculpture at Merchandise Mart, Art in the Gardens at Grant Park, and the Clark Street Sculpture Exhibition, which described her work as “abstracted apparatus and organic forms juxtaposed as poetic metaphors for archetypes of the flow and balance of energy and life systems.”

Asteray is one of five temporary sculptures slated to be installed in Urbana from the Fall of 2014 through the Fall of 2016. Other sculptures include: Maelstrom II by Craig Snyder of Plymouth, MN, Whirlwind is in Thorntree by V. Skip Willits of Camanche, IA, Athirst by Sarah Deppe of Madison, WI (this installation is possible through the generous support of Mike Hosier) and Stranger Reduction Zone by Timothy Flood of Denver, CO.

In 2009, the City of Urbana launched the Urbana Sculpture Project with four sculptures that were considered for installation in four locations in Urbana. The program is now in its third cycle of sculpture that resides in the community for two years.  The Urbana Sculpture Project is part of the Urbana Public Arts Program, whose aim is to create a city where all residents can engage with the arts in its many forms, and where art is an integral part of the civic environment.  For additional information, contact the Urbana Public Arts Coordinator, Lisa Hatchadoorian at 217.328.8265, or by email at Join us on the web at and follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter at

For more information about this installation, please contact David Wilcoxen at 217.898.8263. For more information about the Public Art League, please visit