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Bronze Beauties

Blome created a sculpture of the Chicago Blackhawks that commemorated the team’s 75th anniversary. It was dedicated in 2000 and sits on Madison Street in Chicago, across from the United Center, where the Chicago Stadium once stood. (Photo provided)

Hockey stars. A legendary entertainer. Heroes of African American history. Inspiring images brought forth from tragic sacrifice.

Crystal Lake resident and nationally known sculptor Erik Blome has depicted all of them in bronze.

Working from a studio tucked into a Crystal Lake industrial park, Blome’s public art can be found throughout the nation in major cities like Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Milwaukee and Montgomery. His works also are scattered throughout smaller communities and suburbs such as Rockford, Waukegan, Bannockburn, DuQuoin, Oak Lawn, Aurora, Naperville and Muscatine, Iowa.

His commissions include work for cities, the federal government, sports teams, colleges, schools and civic organizations. His subjects have included Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, George Washington Carver, Wayne Gretzky and Jack Benny.

“We’re very lucky to have the work of such a talented artist on display in Oak Lawn,” says Sandra Bury, recently elected mayor of the community. 

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