Ruth Duckworth’s “Guardian” Sculpture

Artist: Ruth Duckworth

Title: Guardian

Date Created: unknown

Material: Bronze

Dimensions: 10 feet tall

Location: “Guardian” is located near the E. J. Zeke Giorgi Center building at 200 S. Wyman Street, Rockford, IL 61101.

Note: Rockford’s first sculpture placed through the Illinois Art-in Architecture Program placed in front of the State of Illinois Building.

Source: Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Rockford Public Art Trail.” Website Accessed 9/20/2023.

E. J. “Zeke” Giorgi Center, 200 S. Wyman Street, built by Sjostrom & Sons, Fall 1987-1989

The original name of the State of Illinois Office Building, when it was dedicated by Governor Jim Thompson Dec. 3, 1989. Renamed the E. J. “Zeke” Giorgi Center and dedicated by Governor Jim Edgar Jan. 6, 1994. Zeke Giorgi had begun lobbying for a state building in Rockford back in 1975.

Photographed by Jean Lythgoe, November 16, 2021