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You can count on the fingers of one hand the number of philanthropists who are also working artists represented by major New York galleries. Paula Crown is one. She and her husband James, an heir to the General Dynamics (a defence company) fortune, have poured their influence into large-scale public art projects, such as Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain, 2004, in Chicago’s Millennium Park, and a collaboration with the Aspen Art Museum on the ski slopes of Aspen, Colorado, starting in 2005. Paula Crown earned an MFA in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2012, and her first outdoor sculpture installation was unveiled on Monday in Miami’s Design District.....

...When Crown contacted Gates about the commission, she knew that he would pay it forward, as he often does with his community rehabilitation projects on Chicago’s South Side. Gates hired students from his Design Apprenticeship Program to assist in the sculpture’s construction, with his studio handling the more complicated aspects. Eight students aged 14 to 21 were paid the minimum wage and learned core skills such as washing, sanding and sealing the found wood.
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