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Pictured are New Lenox resident Jason Verbeek’s miniature sculptures, displayed in his back yard at Illini Drive and Farmview Road. He turns a miniature into a full sculpture once someone expresses interest in buying one. (Meredith Dobes/22nd Century Media)
“Living Sculpture,” part of the 2010 Chicago Sculpture Exhibit, is composed of a 14-foot framework with a variety of sedum plants growing in the middle. It is pictured in Merchandise Mart in Chicago but is now in Logan Square on loan to the Chicago Park District.
This sculpture/fountain is located in Verbeek’s front yard at Illini Drive and Farmview Road in New Lenox. (Meredith Dobes/22nd Century Media)
This sculpture located in Verbeek’s back yard is an example of the direction he said his work has been going in lately, mixing earth with steel. (Meredith Dobes/22nd Century Media)
Verbeek’s children’s play set includes the carved, wooden colored pencils he made for his wife and the wooden spool construction he made for his children. (Meredith Dobes/22nd Century Media)
Meredith Dobes, Assistant Editor
3:00 am CDT July 17, 2014

Blending the organic with the industrial was a natural progression for Jason Verbeek, New Lenox resident and sculptor.

The South Holland native knows native plants and stainless steel like the back of his hand, and his focus is on sculptures that complement the earth and fit into a larger scene.