Monday, May 24, 2010
Garfield Park [Bulls with Maiden - by Daniel Chester French and Edward Potter]
Bulls with Maiden..
Female figures: Daniel Chester French
Bulls: Edward Potter
The female figure, represent Ceres, the Roman Goddess of grains..
There is a companion sculpture of an Indian American maiden, holding stalks of corns.. click here..
The Garfield Park website, does not have any information on these sculptures. A great resource is the book, "A Guide to Chicago's Public Sculptures", by Ira J.Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray..
It informs that these bronze sculptures were cast from salvaged working models of sculptures designed for the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. These were placed in front of the Fair's Agriculture Building. Directly across was the Manufacturers Building, were companion groups of horses and male figures, a farmer and a teamster, representing labor, were installed. These were also by the same sculptures, French and Potter..