Artist: Barry Hehemann, River Forest, Ill.
Sculptor Barry Hehemann notes that his work "Hulettelujah" is a reference to the hulett crane — a large machine used to unload barges and ships — combined with "hallelujah," a shout of praise or joy. Hehemann notes that the layered and repetitive elements within the sculpture refer to both the industrialized environment and to musical structure. He used complex mechanical and engineered forms as well as a galvanized surface to enhance the strength and visuality of uplifted forms. "Hulettelujah" took approximately one year to complete.
A professional sculptor for 37 years, Hehemann also owns Vector Custom Fabricating, a supplier and fabricator of architectural and ornamental metals. In his artwork, Hehemann primarily works with metal because it is malleable and appropriate for large-scale, space-defining art. In combining steel with concrete and stone, Hehemann works to add meaning to available technologies and visual references common to industrial and functional construction.