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Skylark

Skylark is located along College Drive near the west campus turnoff.
On September 24, 1978, during Illinois Arts week and days before KCC’s 10th Anniversary, Skylark—KCC’s first sculpture—was dedicated to the college’s first board of trustees: Ralph Francis, Mary Fraser, James Geist, Merlin Karlock, John Rooney, Kenneth Seebach & Kenneth Wiser. The $3,000 cost was funded through a bequest left to the college by William F. Brandenburg and the Illinois Arts Council.

Skylark dedication plaque.The artist, Alice Richheimer Culbert Wolk lived in Glencoe at the time the work was purchased. After being completed in 1977, the 8 foot, 6 inch tall "Skylark" was mounted in July, 1978. Made of corten steel, and weighing 800 pounds, Skylark was originally on KCC’s front lawn. It had at least one other roost before being moved in 2014 to be alongside the college’s main drive.

At the dedication in 1978, Dr. Janet Heinicke, head of the visual arts program, described the piece:

“The skylark bird is an appropriate educational symbol. In literature, the skylark is referred to as a soaring bird with distinct, if not loud, voice. Chaucer called it the messenger of the day. Elizabeth Barrett Browning noted 'soaring music within the soaring lark.'

"In light of education, such images conjure thoughts of lofty, bold, clear and fresh ideas that prosper in educational institutions of a democracy and give us insight into ourselves and our world. Skylark, distinguished by its curves that give an impression of infinity, and its contrasting earthborn foundation, connotes two characteristics of the public community college. One, a continuum of thought and intellect reminiscent of the skylark bird and, two, an institution whose roots are firmly embedded in the land and the people of the land known as the community college district."