“A Look Back” by artists Oscar Leon and Jessica LoPresti, combines limestone-colored glass and bronze to pay respect to important elements of Batavia past, including the land and the Fox River, the Potawatomi Indians who lived here before later settlement, and the windmill, the iconic Batavia image representing the industrial activity centered in the downtown.
Technical advice for the piece was given by Bob and Francine Popeck, Batavia residents and windmill experts, and the Forest County (Wisconsin) Potawatomi, whose forbears inhabited this area.
The sculpture includes elements relating to the Potawatomi, which means “Keepers of the Fire."
This piece is the second of four sculptures to grace the William J. Donovan Bridge. The theme of "Nature" was earlier represented by installation of “Nature’s Sounds of Harmony” by area resident Kai Schulte.
Submissions for the final two pieces, representing the themes “Science” and “Art” are currently being reviewed.
A city committee recommended $30,000 on bridge sculptures in a 5-2 vote in 2011.
SOURCE: city of Batavia