Monday, September 1, 2008

Grant Park: [Figure Fountains: Crane Girl, Fisher Boy, Dove Girl and Turtle Boy - by Leonard Crunelle]

Grant Park Rose Garden .. and ..
Four Figure Fountains: Dove Girl, Turtle Boy, Crane Girl, Fisher Boy ..

On the north and south of the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain are the rose gardens .. These rose gardens have four circular fountains with bronze figures installed in the center of each ..
The South Rose Garden has Dove Girl and Turtle Boy ..
The North Rose Garden has Crane Girl and Fisher Boy ...
Sculptor: Leonard Crunelle
Location: Grant Park Rose Gardens...
East of S. Columbus Dr. (301 E) north and south of E. Congress Pkwy. (500 S)
Chicago, IL 60605

Dove Girl .. South Rose Graden, Grant Park ..

Turtle Boy .. South Rose Garden, Grant Park ..

Crane Girl .. North Rose Garden, Grant Park ...

Fisher Boy .. North Rose Garden, Grant Park ...

From the City of Chicago Official Tourism Site .. click here ..

Full-sized plaster models of the sculptures were originally displayed in an outdoor art exhibit in Humboldt Park in 1908. The Chicago Tribune explained that the purpose of the exhibit was to “demonstrate the beauties and the wonderful possibilities of a skillful combination of landscape gardening and sculpture.” Jens Jensen, who is now recognized as the dean of the Prairie style in landscape architecture, placed the figures at the four corners of a rectangular reflecting pool in the center of the circular rose garden. The artworks were so well-liked within this setting, that the West Park Commissioners soon had them recast in bronze for permanent installation. In the 1960s, soon after the Daniel O. Flaherty Rose Garden was planted in Grant Park, the fountain figures were relocated to Chicago’s Front Yard. Leonard Crunelle (1872-1945), an artist especially well-known for sculpting figures of children, created the four fountain figures.

Leonard Crunelle .. was born in Pas de Calais, France in 1872. He emigrated to Brazil, Indiana, in 1882, then to Decatur, Illinois a few years later .. He worked in the mines of Decatur until came to Chicago as a student and apprentice of famed sculptor Lorado Taft ... He settled down in Chicago and lived here until he died in 1944, at the age of 72.

South Rose Garden ..

North Rose Garden .. Several trellises are nestled within the north rose garden, as seen in the image above ...

For more on Grant Park ..
# Public Art in the Grant Park .. click here ....
# Gardens in the Grant Park .. click here ..
# Often overlooked but remarkable features like pedestrian crossings, the railway lines underneath, the street lamp posts, balustrade, corbels, the Y-symbols .. click here ..
# For a brief history of Grant Park .. click here ..

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