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Home of Jerzy Kenar
Polish art and architecture doesn't only come in the form of religious or community organization though. Peak at the private home of Jerzy Kenar, a sculptor from Poland living near the Polonia Triangle whose sculptures adorn Warsaw, Poland, O'Hare, and his home, just to name a few.
JERZY S. KENAR
JERZY S. KENAR JERZY S. KENAR JERZY S. KENAR JERZY S. KENAR JERZY S. KENAR - BIOGRAPHY Jerzy S. Kenar JERZY S. KENAR WAS BORN IN 1948 IN IWONICZ ZDROJ, POLAND INTO A FAMILY AFFLUENT IN ART CUSTOMS. THERE HE STUDIED SCULPTURE AT THE ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS IN GDANSK. IN 1973 HE LEFT POLAND AND IMMIGRATED TO SWEDEN, ULTIMATELY TRAVELING TO THE UNITED STATES. TODAY, JERZY EXHIBITS HIS PERSONAL ART AND LITURGICAL CREATIONS THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, WORKING PRIMARILY IN WOOD, BRONZE, ACRYLIC AND STONE. JERZY S. KENAR HAS COLLABORATED WITH OVER 100 PLACES OF WORSHIP NATIONWIDE. HE SPECIALIZES IN FIGURATIVE SCULPTURE, LITURGICAL DESIGN AND LITURGICAL FURNISHINGS. AMONG COUNTLESS TRIUMPHANT PROJECTS, FREQUENT COMMISSIONS AND VICTORIOUS COMPETITIONS, IN 1984 JERZY HAD WON AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEST FOR THE CREATION OF A SANCTUARY AND FIGURATIVE WORKS FOR THE MONUMENTAL MARY, QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE SHRINE IN ORLANDO FLORIDA. ALAS, KENAR HAS BEEN PRIVILEGED TO RECEIVE THE WINNING COMMISSIONS FROM VARIOUS INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, SUCH AS THE CREATION OF THE INFAMOUS HOLY WATER FONT FOR MARY DE STRADA CHAPEL AT THE LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CAMPUS IN CHICAGO, ILLINOIS AND THE ENTREE GATE FOR THE HOLY TRINITY CHURCH IN CHICAGO. IN THE YEAR 2000 THE MINISTRY & LITURGY MAGAZINE AWARDED JERZY ITS THREE TOP HONORS; TWO BENE AWARDS IN THE PERMANENT CATEGORY OF VISUAL ARTS FOR HIS CREATION OF " RESURRECTION" AND " SAINT FRANCIS WITH SCREEN", IN ADDITION TO AN HONORABLE MENTION FOR A " HOLY FAMILY". JERZY S. KENAR BELIEVES IN DEVELOPING AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH THE COMMUNITY OF EACH AND EVERY PROJECT HE HAS THE PRIVILEGE TO ENCOUNTER. HIS CREATIONS ARE OFTEN INTERACTIVE, AND CHILD-FRIENDLY. IT IS PRECISELY THE "BRAIDING" OF HIS UNIQUE ENERGY WITH A COLORFUL INPUT OF A SPECIFIC COMMUNITY, WHICH ULTIMATELY CREATES THE EXCLUSIVENESS OF HIS SUCCESS. JERZY'S GOAL FOR HIS WORK IS "...NOT ONLY TO BE APPRECIATED BY THE EVERYDAY VIEWER, BUT FIRST, AND FOREMOST, BY THE FUTURE GENERATIONS TO COME - OUR CHILDREN." KENAR IS HIGHLY OPPOSED TO THE COMMON SOCIAL "SPOON FEEDING", INSTEAD IN CHOOSING TO SUBTLY EXPRESS THE POETRY OF HIS LITURGICAL CREATIONS, THE ARTIST ALLOWS FOR A PROFOUND AND SACRED PERSONAL IMPACT UPON THE VIEWER. JERZY S. KENAR - SCULPTOR 1007-15 NORTH WOLCOTT AVENUE, CHICAGO IL 60622 TEL: 773.342.2550 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Basilica contains many unique architectural features including a 12 foot bronze work entitled "Mother & Child" by the noted sculptor Jerzy Kenar and a magnificent 650-pound replica of the Crucified Christ hanging over the main altar.
You can visit the exterior of the home of Jerzy Kenar, an internationally acclaimed sculptor from Poland living near the Polonia Triangle.
He created sculptures installed at O'hare International Airport, the Harold Washington Public Library, and several churches around the city (as a child I connected with his sculptures in one of my architecturally-favorite churches, St. Patrick's in Wadsworth-contemporary wood interior, and 60-ft windows facing the woods, but I digress.) To find his home, go to the corner of Wolcott and Augusta and you'll know you're there when you see all the sculptural surprises. When you go, remember to look up, too. To further symbolize the Poland-Chicago connection, Kenar's sculpture "Unity" was recently erected in Warsaw, Poland. He also designed the doors to Holy Trinity Church in 2000.
Jerzy Kenar, a wood sculptor, was picked by the parish Art & Environment Committee to design the interior furnishings and sculptures.
The sculptor Jerzy Kenar used three support legs to remind us of the Trinity. fter designs were submitted by some of the school and SRE program students, Jerzy Kenar made a sketch using several of the drawings. The cross is shaped from cedar wood which is nearly indestructible and was designed by wood sculptor, Jerzy Kenar. It was erected in 1994. Jerzy created a Risen Christ modeled on the Savior's third appearance to the disciples after His death. He stands beside the fish He has prepared for his followers. They look at Jesus in awe as He extends an invitation to eat. He offers that same invitation to us in the Eucharist.