Monday, December 29, 2008

Lincoln Park [ Greene Vardiman Black - by Frederick Cleveland Hibbard]


Green Vardiman Black
by Frederick Cleveland Hibbard
Location: Lincoln Park,
north of North Ave. at Astor Street..
Donated by the National Dental Association, in appreciation for Black's services to the profession.




Lincoln Park [Eli Bates Fountain / Storks at Play - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens ]




Eli Bates Fountain/ Also known as "Storks at Play" ...
Installed: 1887..
by Augustus Saint-Gaudens ...
Location: The Great Garden [Lincoln Park]..

The fountain is the centerpiece of one of Chicago's oldest existing gardens, The Formal Garden [Lincoln Park] .. dating back to 1880's ... In the background is the Victorian style Lincoln Park Conservatory [built in 1890 designed by famous architect, Joespeh L. Silsbee] ...

Gift by Eli Bates ..
Eli Bates, was a pioneer in the lumber business in Chicago He died in 1881 and in his will, he designated funds to create two sculptures:
# A fountain ... and ...
# A statue of Abraham Lincoln ..
Both to be erected in the Lincoln Park.. Saint-Gaudens was commissioned as sculptor for both the Lincoln statue and the fountain. Both of these sculptures were installed in 1887.
# For the Abraham Lincoln Monument. click here ..









There is also a monument to Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, "prince of poets," at the south side of the site, as seen in the image below....

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Temporary Exhibit: Pioneer Court [God Bless America - by J. Seward Johnson]







God Bless America
Sculptor: J. Seward Johnson
Location: Pioneer Court
Installed: Dec, 2008..
The sculpture is based on one of the most famous paintings in the history of American Art. "American Gothic" [1930] by Grant Wood, which is displayed in the nearby Art Institute of Chicago.




American Gothic [1930] by Grant Wood..
at the Art Institute of Chicago..
The painting is said to be an example of Regionalism, an American art movement that aggressively opposed European abstract art. This painting was supposed to be a typical representation of Iowa. Wood wanted to depict the traditional roles of men and women, as the man is holding a pitchfork symbolizing hard labor. He asked his dentist [Dr. Byron McKeeby] and his sister Nan to pose as a farmer and his unmarried daughter. Interestingly, each element of the painting were painted seperately, in the sense that the models never posed with each other..





Installation..Here we see two workers, installing the 25-foot sculpture titled "God Bless America". The Chicago Tribune reports the workers are names Nick Valenza and Doug Roberts. These images were taken as the installation work was still in progress.





Personally, I prefer this much more than the earlier sculpture "King Lear" [click here] .. by the same artist J. Steward Johnson ...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Chicago Riverwalk & Chicago River Esplanade




Chicago River Esplanade..


Chicago Riverwalk..

I was under the impression that Chicago Riverwalk and Chicago River Esplanade would mean the same thing ... but was amused to find out that at least when it comes to Chicago, these terms are not interchangeable ... and are used to refer to the north and south banks of the Chicago River respectively ... By that I mean ..

Chicago Riverwalk.. refers to the walkway along the south bank of the Chicago River ... and extends from N Lake Shore Drive to Franklin Street ... As such, it runs along the lower Wacker Drive.
# For more on Chicago Riverwalk ... click here ...
# For Public Art along the Chicago Riverwalk.. click here..

Chicago River Esplanade.. refers to the walkway along the north bank of the Chicago River ... and extends from N Lake Shore Drive to Michigan Avenue ... It's officially named as "DuSable Founder's Way" ... It includes a continuous river walkway with a series of landscaped cascading plazas ...
# For more on Chicago River Esplanade ... click here ...
# For Public Art along the Chicago River Esplanade.. click here..

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Chicago River Esplanade / DuSable Founder's Way




The Chicago River Esplanade is located along the north bank of the Chicago River between Michigan Avenue and the N Lakeshore Drive bridge. It's officially named as "DuSable Founder's Way". It includes a continuous river walkway with a series of landscaped cascading plazas..


As we walk down the stairways from the north-east of the Michigan Avenue bridge, there's a signage "Honorary: DuSable Founders Way". It can be seen in the image below, on the right corner..


Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable [1745 -1818] popularly known as "The Father of Chicago", was the first known non-native settler in the area which is now Chicago, Illinois. Du Sable was recognized by the State of Illinois and the City of Chicago as the Founder of Chicago on October 26, 1968..


A bust of DuSable, by sculptor Erik Blome, as also been installed [in 2009] on the north-eastern corner of the bridge..
For more, click here..

Du Sable Homesite [at the north-east corner of Michigan Avenue bridge] has been designated a National Historic Landmark.


The bronze plaque reads..
Point Du Sable House ...
"Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable Homesite has been dedicated a National Historic Landmark. This site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America
1977, National Park Service, United States Department of the Interior".



Kinzie Mansion..
Near this site stood Kinzie Mansion 1784-1832, home of Pointe Du Saible, Le Mai, and John Kinzie. Chicago`s `First Civilian'. Here was born, in 1805, the city`s first white child, Ellen Marion Kinzie.
Erected by Chicago`s Charter Jubilee
Authenticated by Chicago Historical Society - 1937.



On Friday, October 15, 2010, the Michigan Avenue bridge was officially renamed as DuSable bridge.


I find this walkway [DuSable Founders Way] to be a very beautiful relaxing place to just walk or sit on the chairs and enjoy the river and cityscape..



Walking on the DuSable Way, one can find..
- Chicago Rising from the Lake by Milton Horn..
- Nicholas J. Melas Centennial Plaza and Founatin..



At the eastern end of the walk a DuSable Park is under construction.


RELATED LINKS..
# Chicago Riverwalk & Chicago River Esplanade..
# For Public Art along the Chicago Riverwalk..
# For Public Art along the Chicago River Esplanade..

Public Art on the North Bank of Chicago River..



The Chicago River Esplanade is located along the north bank of the Chicago River between Michigan Avenue and the N Lakeshore Drive bridge. It's officially named as "DuSable Founder's Way". It includes a continuous river walkway with a series of landscaped cascading plazas..

Public Art along the Chicago River Esplanade includes ...

Bust of Jean Baptiste Pointe DuSable..
By Kirk Blome
Installed: 1909
Location: Pioneer Court
DuSable is called the founder of Chicago ..
# For more on DuSable sculpture.. click here..
# For more on the site of DuSable House ..click here..
# For more, click here..


The Michigan Avenue bridge and the the bas relief sculpture on the bridgetower houses commemorating important events in Chicago history ..
Defense, Regeneration, The Pioneers, and The Discoverers..
By James Earle Fraser and Henry Hering..
Completed: 1928, Carved limestone
Location: Michigan Avenue Bridge
# For more, click here..


Chicago Rising from the Lake..
By Milton Horn ..
This 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 ....
For more, click here ..

The Centennial Plaza and Fountain...
Every hour on the hour, from 10:00 to 14:00 and again from 17:00 to midnight, the esplanade's Centennial Fountain shoots a massive arc of water across the river for 10 minutes.
For more, click here ...


DuSable Park: This 3.5 acre park is located where the Chicago River meets Lake Michigan. It was dedicated as parkland in 1988 by the late Mayor Harold Washington. DuSable Park is named after Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable [1745 -1818] The first non-native settler and founding father of Chicago ...

Merchandise Mart Hall of Fame..
For more on Pioneer Court, click here..

RELATED LINKS..
# Chicago Riverwalk & Chicago River Esplanade....
# Public Art along the Chicago Riverwalk....
# Chicago River Esplanade/DuSable Founders Way
# Public Art along the North Bank of Chicago River