Thursday, November 15, 2007
Chicago Rising from the Lake - by Milton Horn
Chicago Rising from the Lake
Sculptor - Milton Horn..
Description: Bronze, H 7 ft. x W 12 ft.
LOCATION:Columbus Drive Bridge Columbus Dr. at the Chicago River Esplanade
City of Chicago Public Art Collection..
Milton Horn’s bronze bas-relief is symbolic of the city of Chicago. The female figure represents Chicago emerging reborn from the bottom of Lake Michigan following the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The sheaf of wheat, bull and eagle reference Chicago’s historic role as a center of commerce, the livestock market and air transportation, respectively. Floral forms evoke the city motto, “Urbs in Horto” or “City in a Garden.” Finally, the bronze ring arching across the relief represents Chicago’s central geography within the United States.