Sculpture: "Asteray"

Artist: Nicole Beck, Chicago

Professional metal artist and art educator Nicole Beck's recent sculpture "Asteray" is inspired by the botanical world. The welded stainless-steel rings allowed Beck to create a form that is both translucent and solid, which allows the viewer to see the surrounding landscape around and through the form.

Beck has completed many public sculpture commissions and is exhibited nationwide. At the heart of her work beats the rhythm and beauty of the dynamic systems found in nature and the sciences. Beck has a hands-on approach in the construction of her sculptures and believes that process constitutes the work — which Beck has created with Miller® welders since embarking on her professional sculpting career in 1999. In addition to steel, Beck works in the mediums of glass, wood, fiberglass, mosaic and paint.