There comes a moment in the life of many artists when they know instinctively that what they are doing is not working out.
For John Siblik, environmental artist and painter, that moment arrived last month.
You could say he knew the installation of his art installation wasn’t going as planned when he found himself standing in the 166-year-old Illinois & Michigan Canal with water at his chin and a rope tied around his waist to prevent him from being swept downstream.
On the banks of the canal, at the other end of that rope, was John Lustig, director of the Illinois State Museum’s Lockport Gallery, the guy who commissioned Siblik.
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