Richard Hunt lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. The artist is inspired by science, history, literature, music and African art. Column of the Free Spirit was commissioned for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park in 1999 and installed in 2000. The columnar form references architectural monuments in Western art. The flame-like finial alludes to notions of freedom, inspiration and unlimited boundaries.
Richard Hunt. Column of the Free Spirit, 2000. Bronze, 300 x 138 x 104 inches. Gift of Fred and Lena Meijer. © Richard Hunt.