Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Lincoln Park [ Siblings - by Rosetta]





Siblings
Sculptor: Rosetta ..
Unveiled: 1997 ..
Location: West of the Matthew Laflin Memorial Building on Clark Street .
Two young mountain lions reclining ..





Monday, July 27, 2009

Lincoln Park Zoo [Dream Lady / Eugene Field Memorial - by Edward Francis McCartan]






Eugene Field Memorial ..
Sculptor: Edward Francis McCartan ..
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo..
Erected in 1922, by school children and citizens, aided by the B.F.Ferguson Fund.
Eugene Field was best known from his children's poetry and humorous essays. This memorial has a statue of the "Dream Lady" from his poem, "Rock-a-by-Lady"...
The "Eugene Field Memorial" also belongs to the Chicago Park District.  For Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures & Statues of Chicago Park District, click here..













The rectangular stone base has relief sculptures, from his poems..
The Sugar Plum Tree
Wynken, Blynken and Node
The Fly Away Horse
Seein Things






Have you ever heard of the sugar plum tree.
Tis a mearvel of great renown
It blooms on the shore of lollipop sea
In the garden of shut-eye town ..
[From "The Sugar Plum Tree"]





Wynken blinken and nod one night
sailed off in a wooden shoe
sailed on a river of crystal light
into a sea of dew ...
[From "Wynken, Blynken and Nod"]


On both sides of the stone base, there are relief panels, above the drinking fountains, which are of children's heights.. These have imagery from the poems..
- The Fly Away Horse
- Seein Things'












RELATED LINKS..
# B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund..
# Sculptures at the Lincoln Park Zoo.. 
# The "Eugene Field Memorial" also belongs to the Chicago Park District. For Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures & Statues of Chicago Park District, click here..

Friday, July 24, 2009

Lincoln Park: The Children's Fountain





The Children's Fountain ...
Dedicated: 1982 ..
Description: 30 feet in diameter and stands about 30 feet high.
A project of former Chicago mayor Jane Byrne ..
Location: Near Chicago History Museum ...
At the northeast corner of Clark St. & North Ave... Chicago, IL 60639 ..

A plaque reads ..
Dedicated to all children in Chicago who will take from our past to better our future ..






It was previously located on Wacker Drive, and now it stands in the corner of North Avenue and Clark Street.

Lincoln Park : Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool




Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool..
Architect: Alfred Caldwell
Year Built: 1936-1938
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: November 6, 2002 ..
This serene and beautiful "hidden garden" is next to the Lincoln Park Zoo and Conservatory. It was first landscaped in 1889 and designated as a place in which to cultivate tropical water lilies. In the 1930's, it was re-designed by landscape architect Alfred Caldwell. It's made in the tradition of the Prairie School, influenced by such greats as Frank Lloyd Wright and Caldwell’s teacher, Jens Jensen.

The new design for the pool area used plants indigenous to the Midwest and included stone outcroppings, a pavilion, a cascading waterfall, and several other new features, arranged around a lily pool to create the look of a creek running through a Midwest prairie .. In 1942, Caldwell called the pool "a hidden garden for the people of Megalopolis" ...






Deterioration and Restoration ...
However, a after few years, the Lily Pool was operated like a a bird sanctuary, called The Rookery. Too many birds, destroyed the plants and people were also careless in maintaining this place.

In 1997, a campaign to restore the area was undertaken by the Friends of Lincoln Park organization. The landscape architectural firm of Wolff Clements and Associates was hired to complete the job. The rehabilitation began in 2001 with the replacement of non-native trees and shrubs with others that were bird-friendly and native to the Midwest. Handicapped accessible pathways were installed and existing stone pathways were repaired. The gate, pavilion, and “council ring” [a circular bench] were restored as well.


The Council Ring..


The Waterfall..
The landscape design of the Caldwell Lily Pool is a tribute to the natural ecology of the Midwest. It was originally designed to mimic a river formed by a melting glacier’s flow of water cutting through limestone. The stonework and paths have a natural look that conveys the interpretation that melted glacial water flows are cutting through moraines, creating dramatic limestone bluffs. A waterfall near the north end of the lily pool represents the source of this glacial river...







The marker reads..
Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool..
has been designated a
National Historic Landmark
This site is a premier example of the Prairie Style of landscape architecture. Alfred Caldwell, a landscape designer, architect, teacher and poet, transformed an old Victorian Lily Pool in Lincoln Park into a "Sanctuary of Native Landscape". Funded by the Works Progress Administration and completed in 1938. It possesses national significance in commemorating the cultural history of the United States.
2006
National Park Service
United States Department of the Interior


Reference: Alfred Caldwell Lily Pool Gardens ..click here ..
Check out the map of Lincoln Park ..

Friday, July 17, 2009

Lincoln Park [Ulysses S. Grant Memorial - by Louis Rebisso]





Ulysses S. Grant Memorial ...
Sculptor: Louis Rebisso
Installed: 1891
Location: It's in the east end of the Lincoln Park Zoo overlooking the Cannon Drive ...

Interestingly Ulysses Grant's statue is located in the heart of Lincoln Park, whereas Abraham Lincoln's statue is located in the heart of Grant Park .. I've heard some amusing explanation, that there was a mistaken switch that was never corrected ... However the city of Chicago's website explains it as thus .. It's a Chicago curiosity, but can easily be explained by knowing the history of Chicago's prominent lakefront parks. Lincoln Park was Chicago's first park, well established at the time of Grant's death. The mud-covered remains of the Great Chicago Fire would be developed as a series of formal gardens after the turn of the century and named for Grant, another honor for this great Civil War hero.
Although Lincoln Park also has a Lincoln Memorial ... click here ..





Ulysses S. Grant was a resident of Galena, Illinois, and served in the Civil War as General of the Union Army. Grant was twice elected president of the United States. With no political background, Ulysses Grant became president in 1869, but it is for his tremendous military actions that he is honored with this statue which depicts him ready for battle. It was dedicated in 1891.







Check out the map of Lincoln Park ..

Lincoln Park Zoo [Various Sculptures - Various Artists]

Lincoln Park Zoo has some interesting sculptural pieces ...
The most appealing to me is the "Dream Lady" .. The East Gate is fun too ..
# Earlier I had written a post on some designated Chicago Landmark buildings in the Zoo area .. click here ..
This post is on the sculptures in the Lincoln Park Zoo ..
The Lincoln Park Zoo sculptures belongs the the Chicago Park District..
For  Chicago Park District's Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures & Statues, click here..





East Gate Arch - Lincoln Park Zoo ..
Sculptor: Greg Leavitt and Camille Leavitt ..
Unveiled: 2002 ..
Located at Lincoln Park Zoo’s East Gate,
Description: This installation features a twisting tropicalvine supporting life-sized figures of a green iguana, colobus monkey, boa constrictor, dragonflies and other animals.. . The arched vine springs from rusticated limestone plinths..



Dream Lady ..
Sculptor: Edward McCarten
Unveiled: 1922
Location: Northeast of the Helen Brach Primate House
Donor: Schoolchildren and citizens of Chicago, with aid from the Benjamin F. Ferguson Fund
Medium: Bronze figures on granite base
Size: 5' deep by 13'6" wide by 13' tall
Description: Dream Lady features two bronze figures of children below a larger bronze angel, all mounted on a stone base with side extensions inscribed with lines from a Eugene Fields poems..
For more on "Dream Lady" .. click here ..





The Lesson ..
Sculptor: Darrell Davis .
Unveiled: 2005
Location: Lincoln Park Zoo’s West Gate ..
The statue shows an adult female black bear and two cubs appearing to catch fish from a stream. The tableau rests on top of a dressed limestone plinth marking the pedestrian entrance to the west side of the zoo.



Limestone Lion ..
Sculptor: Kathleen McCullough ..
Location: East side of Wild Things! gift shop ..
This lion is meant to be climbed on.
Donated by CitiCorp, the sculpture serves as a memorial to Rush A. Watkins, former
director of the Lincoln Park Zoological Society.



Pathfinders ..
Sculptor: Veryl Goodnight ..
Unveiled: 2005.
Location: The entrance to the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo ..
This piece features three North American gray wolves on the move. The tableau rests on top of a dressed limestone plinth marking the pedestrian entrance to the west side of the zoo.



Heron ..
Sculptor: H. Wheatley Allen
Location: Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo across from the red wolf exhibit..
This elegant piece depicts a life-sized heron.
Donated by James Stuart and unveiled in 1988, it was relocated to its current home from the original Children’s Zoo in 2006.



Elephant Drinking Fountain ...
Sculptor: George Suyeoka
Unveiled: 1992
Location: Center plaza of the historic Great Lawn south of Park Place Café ..
Medium: Bronze
Size: 2'8" long by 1'5" high by 3'8" high
Description: The fountain, mounted on a bronze podium, features an adult female and infant elephant appearing to drink from a shallow pool, which receives water from a drinking spout.



Lion Fountain...
Sculptor: George Suyeoka
Unveiled: 2006
Medium: Bronze
Location: West of the Kovler Lion House, along the public path ..
Size: 2'8" long by 1'5" wide by 3'8" high
Description: The fountain, mounted on a bronze podium, features a lion pride consisting of an adult male, adult female and three cubs appearing to drink from a shallow pool, which receives water from a drinking spout.




The Fountain for the Young at Heart ..
Sculptor: George Suyeoka
Located between the bear and wolf habitats along the outdoor visitor path of Pritzker
Family Children’s Zoo ..
Description: This tri-cornered children’s drinking fountain has a variety of
near-life-sized small animal figures arranged fancifully.
It was originally commissioned for the zoo’s first Children’s Zoo (1964–2004) and relocated to its new home in 2006.



Sunform ...
Sculptor: David Rodgers ..
Unveiled: 1984; repositioned in 1998 ..
Location: Center plaza of the historic Great Lawn south of Park Place Café ..
Medium: Limestone
Size: The sculpture, which is 6' deep by 8' wide by 8' high, weighs 5 tons.
Description: A modern interpretation of a classic sundial, placed in recognition of The Lincoln Park Zoological Society's 25th anniversary ...



Lowland Gorilla Family...
Sculptor: Bill Wieger
Location: along the entry path to Regenstein Center for African Apes .
It was unveiled in 2004 and dedicated in 2007.
This piece recreates a lowland-gorilla family at play.



Seal and Sea Lion...
Sculptor: Dino C. Crisanti ..
Unveiled: 2002.
Location: Kovler Sea Lion Pool
This life-sized bas-relief of a seal and sea lion provides a visual and tactile teaching tool to compare physical features of the two species ..



Rite of Spring ..
Sculptor: Milton Horn
Unveiled: 2004; date of origin unknown
Location: West of Antelope & Zebra Area
Medium: Terra cotta
Size: 4' tall by 4' feet wide by 4' long
Description: A depiction of a ram and an image of Pan, who in Greek mythology was the god of fields, forests, wild animals, flocks and shepherds. The terra cotta sculpture is inserted on a small brick and limestone wall with an integrated bench seat, created specifically for this piece.
For more on "Rite of Spring" .. click here ...



Siblings ..
Sculptor: Rosetta
Unveiled: 1997
Located west of the Matthew Laflin Memorial Building on Clark Street, the sculpture
features two young mountain lions reclining.
For more on "Siblings" .. click here ...

Missing from this post:
Rabbit and Butterfly
Polar Bear
Old Fishing Hole
Mother and Baby Pigmy Hippo
Bushman's Head


The Lincoln Park Zoo sculptures belongs the the Chicago Park District..
For Chicago Park District's Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures & Statues, click here..

REFERENCES:
Sculptures at LP Zoo .. click here ..
Lincoln Park Sculpture Map and Tour .. click here ..
The Lincoln Park Zoo sculptures belongs the the Chicago Park District..
For Chicago Park District's Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures & Statues, click here..