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Illinois Landscape No. 5, John Henry, Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park


“Signal yellow” is the color but you wouldn’t have known that earlier this spring, after the wear and tear of 38 years of exposure to the elements had faded the monumental “Illinois Landscape No. 5” into a mellow buttercream.

John Henry’s masterwork has graced the prairie landscape at Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park (NMSP) at Governors State University since it was commissioned with the assistance of the National Endowment for the Arts in 1975.

Thousands of students and visitors have regarded John Henry’s striking work of contemporary sculpture with awe and good humor. Now, with the generous support of donors, onlookers can once again appreciate it in its full glory. Just as “signal yellow” implies, the sprawling site-specific sculpture compels visitors and passers-by to slow their pace, just to gain a glimpse.