Sistine touch

Sistine Touch by Bob Emser

Bob Emser was born in 1954 in Illinois, during the height of the housing boom in the United States. Influenced by the constant house construction of the era and his father, a mechanical engineer, he spent most of his early years building and playing with machines. Emser had a particular fascination with aviation, and building model planes with his father. Emser’s interest in structure led him to begin his formal education in the study of architecture. Feeling the constraints of architecture and the excitement of his first art course, sculpture, he shifted his focus.

From the beginning, Emser’s work has dealt with the internal structure and how that structure supported or became visible on the exterior. Emser’s body of work is derived from and is a reference to the pioneering spirit of aviation and nautical history. The titles of his works give us a handle on the references, which only stand as a metaphor for his life experiences. Emser continues to make work today and was the founder of the Contemporary Art Center, a non for profit gallery, built on Peoria, Illinois’ revitalized Riverfront Walkway on the Illinois River.

Elmhurst Public Art Tour
  1. SkyCube by David Wallace Haskins
  2. Bird City Saint by Sentrock
  3. Curl by Tom Waldron
  4. Figure in the Garden by Abbott Pattison
  5. Art from the Heart by John Nester
  6. You Are Beautiful by Matthew Hoffman
  7. Sistine Touch by Bob Emser
  8. Once Upon a Time by Frank Eliscu
  9. Eric Carle Collection
  10. Crashing Waves by Eleanor King Hookham
  11. Be Bold. Be Elmhurst by Rafael Blanco & Andrew Sobel
  12. There Was A Vision by George Melville Smith
  13. Elmhurst University Art Collection, A.C. Buehler Library
  14. Bicentennial Fountain
  15. Millennium Fountain
  16. Portal by Nicole Beck
  17. Steel Globe by Poblocki Sign Company
  18. Color Rain