In 1978, the still-young village of Hoffman Estates decided to do something for the future rather than throw themselves a twentieth birthday party.   As a lasting memorial they commissioned a sculpture to be designed by Robert Gadomski, their artist-in-residence, in conjunction with the students of Hoffman Estates High School.   District 211 and their board president, Robert Creek, were influential in moving the project forward by obtaining a grant as part of the artist-in-residence project.

At the time, Village President Virginia Hayter said, “We felt we would like to have something permanent that would have significance both now and in the years to come.”  (Daily Herald, October 13, 1979)  An expenditure of $1500 was then allotted for the design, construction and erection of the artwork.

Robert Gadomski and the art students worked for a year designing and constructing the three-dimensional, stainless steel sculpture that was 10-by-12 feet.  It did not have a name but it was designed to depict the importance of urban, suburban and rural lifestyles.  According to Gadmoski, “It is a living environmental sculpture.  It is a public piece exposed to many different values and everyone who sees it should be able to find meaning in it.” (Daily Herald, October 13, 1979)

The sculpture was dedicated on October 13, 1979 at the Hoffman Estates Village Hall that was then located at 1200 N. Gannon Drive.   The ceremony was attended by Mayor Hayter, the Hoffman Estates Board of Trustees and Robert Creek, President of the District 211 School Board to name a few.

Tracey Partin, one of the blog’s readers, mentioned that the sculpture even graced the cover of the Hoffman Estates High School’s yearbook in 1980.  She graciously passed along a photo of the cover.

HEHS sculpture

Around 1985 or 1986, the sculpture was removed from the village hall grounds.  It was not replaced nor was it placed on the current village hall grounds on Hassell Road in 1992 when the village offices were moved.  Do you remember the sculpture?  Or, were you at the dedication?  Maybe you were one of the Hoffman Estates High School students who helped with its construction and remember the process?  Let us know your impressions of this unique piece of art.

Jane Rozek
Local History Librarian
Schaumburg Township District Library


  1. debby miller Says:

    I’d like to know what happened to the sculpture.

  2. Tracey Partin Says:

    I remember helping out with the sculpture in the garage/building behind Hoffman High School. A picture of the new sculpture is on the cover of a HEHS yearbook that year.

    • jrozek Says:

      Well, this is interesting Tracey! I appreciate the comment. It helps to round out the history of the statue.

      Unfortunately, we do not have a Hoffman Estates High School yearbook from 1980. If it’s possible, it would be helpful if someone could pass on a scan of the cover and any article that might have been done in the yearbook. It would be a nice way to round out the information I have.

      Again, thank you!

      Jane Rozek
      Local History Librarian
      Schaumburg Township District Library

  3. Jeff Albrecht Says:

    I really think that District 211 needs to do more to honor a great man – Robert N. Creek – a man who gave 20 years to this School District, as President of the School Board, from 1969-1986, and unfortunately was taken away from all of us, way too soon, he passed away in 1989. District 211 has national recognition and accolades largely due to his guidance and professional business acumen as an MIT graduate and Unocal VP! He retired in 1986 after his youngest of 4, graduated from Fremd HS. Jeff Albrecht Fremd 1981.

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