Margot McMahon's sculptures tell a story of how living beings are all connected through nature.
Freshly out of college, Margot was commissioned by the Friends of Nina Ball to sculpt a memorial for a children’s library garden of a young woman who had a love of reading and a life cut short at all too young an age. Margot cast in bronze a sculpture of a young woman looking up from her book and into a daydream, imagining her future. The inspiration for the sculpture came from a trip to Italy that Margot took with the Art Institute of Chicago, exposing her to the work of the great Italian masters. This first public commission propelled her into a lifetime of sculpting.
The Lake Bluff Garden Club chose this expression of a joyful active family for Lake Bluff’s downtown corner. The gestures were inspired by Matisse and the three-dimensional active elements by Degas’s dancers. Margot wanted to enlarge this playful family scene in thick COR-TEN steel. Her contrasting choice of an industrial material, used to create a symbol of a young family dancing, enhances the message. As you circle the sculpture, it extends and contracts silhouetted arms and legs to activate the dance.