Dedication of Tony Feher’s public commission at the Rockford Federal Courthouse, IL

Feher’s commissioned public art installation at the new federal courthouse in Rockford, Illinois will be dedicated on Monday, May 14. A lecture with the artist will be held at 7pm at the Rockford Art Museum.

Super Special Happy Place is a two-acre installation composed of five varieties of crab-apple trees. The orchard will bloom with red, pink and white flowers, and grow clusters of apples in shades of scarlet, orange, and gold in the fall. This is Feher’s first work comprised entirely of natural materials. “I wanted each tree to be an individual, animated character,” Feher says, adding that the gnarled, stretching branches of the crab-apple tree make it especially expressive.

The installation is part of the General Service Administration’s Art in Architecture program, developed under the Kennedy administration.

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