Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Prairie Avenue: Chicago Women's Park and Gardens ["Helping Hands", Memorial to Jane Addams, by Louis Bourgeois]




Helping Hands, A Memorial to Jane Addams
By Louis Bourgeois
Location: Chicago Women's Park and Gardens, Prairie Avenue..
The sculpture pays homage to Jane Addams [1860 – 1935], Chicago’s famous social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Commissioned by the B.F. Ferguson Fund of the Art Institute of Chicago; established to honor great figures or evens in American history.
For more on B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund, click here ...

The sculpture was originally installed in 1996 at Navy Pier Park [Jane Addams Memorial Park]. After being vandalized at least twice, it was removed and stored in Park Distruict warehouse. Now it has been relocated at the Chicago Women's Park and Gardens.
Rededicated on Sep 24, 2011.
Chicago's excellent blogger Lynn Becker was present for the re-dedication, and posted an excellent report, "Dead Lumber Magnet restores Bourgeois Hands, for Jane Addams Memorial"..click here..

The sculpture consists of six pieces of rough hewn stone bases supporting a hand or a series of hands made out of black granite. These are "symbols" depicting different images of humankind - gentle baby, vulnerable child, able adult, aging parent. The hands are comforting, helping, strong in solidarity, the hands recall Addams's words: "Perhaps nothing is so fraught with the significance as the human hand...."

The SIX pieces are..








The plaque reads..
JANE ADDAMS SCULPTURE GARDEN - Visionary

SOCIAL PHILOSOPHER - Jane Adams envisioned a peaceful world community based on cooperation, mutual understanding, and acceptance of differences.
PRAGMATIST - She advocated the participation of all citizen in the creation of a just and democratic social order.
WRITER - She authored eleven books and hundreds of articles.
LECTURER - A compelling Public Speaker, she drew upon her experiences at Hull-House as a touchstone for larger social concerns.
DEFENDER - Committed to civil liberty, she deplored violence, stressed compassion and multicultural understanding, and promoted a vision that valued life over death and liberty over coercion.
MEMORIAL - This first monument in Chicago to a women is dedicated to Jane Addams and the many she served.
SYMBOLS - It depicts different images of humankind - gentle baby, vulnerable child, able adult, aging parent.
HANDS - Comforting, helping, strong in solidarity, the hands recall Addams's words: "Perhaps nothing is so fraught with the significance as the human hand...."

"Helping Hands", is installed next to Clarke House, Chicago's oldest house..

The sculpture is a tribute to a woman [Jane Addams, Chicago's famous social reformer and Nobel Peace Prize winner], created by a woman [Louis Bourgeoise, famous for contributions to contemporary art] and loacted in a park created to pay tribute to important women in the history of Chicago, "Chicago Women's Park and Gardens"..

RELATED LINKS..
# B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund ...
# Chicago Women's Park and Gardens..

REFERENCES..
# Relocation of Jane Addams Tribute Sculpture Garden, "Helping Hands” by Louis Bourgeois..
# Architecture Plus: "Dead Lumber Magnet restores Bourgeois Hands, for Jane Addams Memorial" ...

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