Monday, April 12, 2010
Jackson Park [Statue of The Republic - by Daniel Chester French]
Statue of The Republic..
Address: Jackson Park..
at the intersection of Hayes & Richards Drives.
Year Built: 1918
Sculptor: Daniel Chester French
Architect: Henry Bacon
Description: 24-foot-high gilded bronze..
Date Designated a Chicago Landmark: June 4, 2003..
Commissioned by the B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund, to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition held in Chicago and the Illinois statehood centennial..
The Republic is a one-third reproduction of the 65-foot-high sculpture, which originally dominated the World's Columbian Exposition's Court of Honor. Both the earlier sculpture and its later reproduction were both the work of Daniel Chester French.. The figure has classical drapery and carries symbolic ornaments.. a laurel wreath on the head, a shield with eagle, in her right hand is a globe with an eagle hovering over, and in her left hand is a lance crowned by a Phrygian cap -a sign of the French revolution.. The intent was to express the republic of the United States and its form of government.
Henry Bacon's base is inscribed on both the front and the back.
The front reads..
To commemorate the
World's Columbian Exposition
The back of the base contains a more detailed inscription..
The World's Columbian Exposition..
Authorized by the Act of Congress
And Generously Participated in
By the Nations of The Earth
Was held here in 1893 to celebrate
The Discovery of America
On this site stood the Administration Building..
The city of Chicago official website ..
The Columbian Exposition was arguably the single-most important event in American architectural history due to its impact on American architecture, especially public architecture...
B.F. Ferguson Fund..
This is another monument funded by the B.F. Ferguson Fund..
The famous Lincoln Memorial in the National Mall at Washington, D.C. also has the same partnership.. Daniel Chester French as the sculptor of the main statue and Henry Bacon as the architect.. A reduced version of the full size statue in the Lincoln Memorial, is at the Art Institute of Chicago, where there's another beautiful work by French "Truth"..
For images .. [click on the link]..
Daniel Chester French, Art Institute of Chicago..