Michael Young is a Chicago artist specializing in site-specific public sculpture and light-based work. For over thirty years, Young’s customized artwork and design have appeared in numerous public and private collections across the United States and abroad. Highlights include permanent exhibition design for the National Smithsonian Air and Space Museum along with corporations (McDonalds, Hyatt Hotels, RDD Tokyo), schools (including Ballou Senior High School and River Terrace Special Education Center in Washington DC, Carthage College in Wisconsin), and private collections. From concept to installation, Young’s aesthetic reflects the values and interests of each sculpture’s site and surrounding community. Having studied science - primarily botany and ecology – while obtaining a Bachelors degree at University of Wisconsin at Madison, Young’s work with organic-forms suggests the interdependence of environmental elements. Skilled in materials ranging from aluminum, bronze, and stainless steel to wood, glass, and light, Young’s work is self-fabricated with site and setting always in mind. www.michaelyoungsculpture.com
Stainless steel, 11’ x 4’ x 3’, 2015. Located at La Porte Municipal Airport, La Porte, IN.
Stainless steel, neon, 10' x 2' x 4', 2016. Available for purchase.
Stainless steel, 12’ x 4’ x 4’, 2017. Available or purchase.
Aluminum, 9’ x 4’ x 4’, 2008. Private collection.
Aluminum, neon, 18’ x 28’ x 7’, 2009. Located at Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN.
Aluminum, neon, spotlight, 12’ x 4’ x 6’, 2010. Private collection.
Aluminum, LED lighting, 17’ x 6’ x 6’, 2014. Located at Ballou Senior High School, Washington, DC.
Aluminum, neon, 34” x 44” x 4”, 2017. Available for purchase.
Michael Young, String Theory (background)