Monday, December 29, 2008
Lincoln Park [Eli Bates Fountain / Storks at Play - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens ]
Eli Bates Fountain - by Augustus Saint-Gaudens
Also known as "Storks at Play" '
Location: The Great Garden [Lincoln Park]
The fountain is the centerpiece of one of Chicago's oldest existing gardens, The Formal Garden [Lincoln Park], dating back to 1880s. In the background is the Victorian style Lincoln Park Conservatory [built in 1890 designed by famous architect, Joespeh L. Silsbee].
Gift of Lumber merchant Eli Bates
Gift by Eli Bates
Eli Bates, was a pioneer in the lumber business in Chicago
He died in 1881 and in his will, he designated funds to create two sculptures:
# A fountain ... and ...
# A statue of Abraham Lincoln
Both to be erected in the Lincoln Park. Saint-Gaudens was commissioned as sculptor for both the Lincoln statue and the fountain. Both of these sculptures were installed in 1887.
There is also a monument to Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
"prince of poets," at the south side of the site, as seen in the image below....