Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Humboldt Park [Alexander von Humboldt - by Felix Gorling]
Alexander von Humboldt
by Felix Gorling
1892/ 10-ft high /Bronze
Location: Humboldt Park..
From the book,"A Guide to Puiblic Art in Chicago"..
By Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray..
Alexander von Humboldt is portrayed here, 10 ft high and in bronze, holding a book representing his publication, Cosmos. Also represented are a globe and iguana., symbolozing his travels and the role his descriptions played in the establishment of the sciences of physical geography and geophysics., and the charts of which Humboldt set down the temperatures of the Pacific Ocean current named after him..