Charles Schriver 

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About Charles Schriver

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I believe art is not meant to last forever and that it only remains in time for a fleeting moment. My street sculpture is created on to the base of boarded-up buildings, construction sites, and other temporary architectural structures. I arrange ordinary wooden shapes collected from alleys, garbages and individuals, and strategically place them to wooden barricades. Building on and taking from the streets guarantees each sculpture a specific purpose in its environment, forcing interaction and allowing people to pay attention to their space. Each sculpture is spontaneously built on site so that it is capable of bringing a smile to the face of a passer-byer and so it can stealthily create its own unique story and design. My name is Charles Schiver and I strive to have active engagement and interaction with the people of my community, Chicago.

I have been hanging and creating street sculptures in Chicago for five years. Over time, these structures have been torn down by the city or covered with brown paint so that it can blend to match their surroundings. The moment each sculpture is destroyed is when I know it is completed and I realize someone has contributed to their space and I have created something special. Walking my streets, gathering recycled materials, having direct contact to a building, and the destruction allows each structure to have purpose for a specific amount of time. The entire process is what I love and is very special to me.