Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Public Art in Black Metropolis-Bronzeville District


# Monument to the Great Northern Migration..


Black Metropolis-Bronzeville District
Black Metropolis-Bronzeville District or simply Bronzeville is a historic district in the Douglas community area of South Side of Chicago. It has nine structures that were accorded the Chicago Landmark designation on September 9, 1998.
# Overton Hygienic Building..
# Chicago Bee Building..
# Chicago Defender Building..
# Wabash Avenue YMCA..
# Unity Hall ..
# Supreme Life Building ...
# Sunset Cafe..
# Eighth Regiment Armory..
# Victory Monument..

This is one of the nation's most significant landmarks of African-American urban history ..
Developed during the first decades of the 20th century, this "city-within-a-city" was home to numerous nationally prominent, African-American owned and operated businesses and cultural institutions. This district offered a commercial alternative to the race restrictions and indifference that characterized much of the city during the early part of the 20th century. Between 1910 and 1920, during the peak of the "Great Migration," the population of the area increased dramatically when thousands of African-Americans fled the oppression of the south and emigrated to Chicago in search of industrial jobs ..

Some of the public art pieces in the Bronzeville area ..


The Recognition Panels ..
Artist: Mary Brogger
Description: Laser cut steel
Installed: 1996
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr.
between 24th and 25th streets ..
# For more on .. The Recognition Panels .. click here ....


Monument to the Great Northern Migration ..
Sculptor: Alison Saar
Description: Bronze .. Height: 15ft
Installed: 1996 ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. at 26 Pl ..
# For more on .. Monument to the Great Northern Migration .. click here ..


# Bronzeville Benches...
24 benches by 13 artists ...
Installed: 1996 ..
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive ..
between 25th and 35th streets ..
# For more on .. Bronzeville Benches.. click here ..


# Bronzeville Street Map..
Address: 35th St and King Dr
By: Gregg LeFevre
Description: 14-foot bronze map,
illustrating Bronzeville’s history ..
# For more on .. Bronzeville Street Map .. click here ..


# Bronzeville Walk of Fame..
BY Geraldine McCullough
Location: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. between 25th and 35th Sts. on sidewalks, medians and crosswalks, and at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Branch Library..
# For more on Bronzeville Walk of Fame.. click here..


Victory Monument ..
Address: 35th Street and King Drive
Erected: 1927 by the people of the State of Illinois, represented in the 54th General Assembly ..
Bronze sculptures: Leonard Crunelle
Architect: John A. Nyden
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 9, 1998 ..
The structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places: April 30, 1986 ..
# For more on .. Victory Monument .. click here ..


# Bronzeville Obelisks.. For more, click here..


# Mural "Bronzeville".. For more, click here..


# Mural "The Wall of Day Dreaming and Man's Inhumanity to Man".. More more, click here..


Stephen A. Douglas Tomb...
Architect: Leonard W. Volk
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: September 28, 1977..
For more on Stephen A. Douglas Tomb... click here


Haymarket Square Memorial..
Captain with upraised arm, as a memorial to slain policemen..
On the base are the words.."In the name of the people of Illinois I comman peace.."
Location: Chicago Police HQ Building, 35th Street and Michigan Ave..


# Meridian VII..
By Ed McCullough
Location: Chicago Police HQ Building, 35th Street and Michigan Ave..
# Foor more on Meridian VII.. click here..

RELATED LINKS:
# The Recognition Panels ..
# Monument to the Great Northern Migration..
# Bronzeville Benches...
# Bronzeville Street Map..
# Victory Monument ..
# Bronzeville Walk of Fame..
# Bronzeville Obelisks..
# Mural "Bronzeville"..
# Mural "The Wall of Day Dreaming and Man's Inhumanity to Man"..
# Stephen A. Douglas Tomb...
# Meridian VII..

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