Monday, July 27, 2009

Lincoln Park Zoo [Dream Lady / Eugene Field Memorial - by Edward Francis McCartan]

Eugene Field Memorial  -  Edward Francis McCartan

Location: Lincoln Park Zoo

Erected in 1922, by school children and citizens, aided by the B.F. Ferguson Fund.

Eugene Field was best known from his children's poetry and humorous essays. This memorial has a statue of the "Dream Lady" from his poem, "Rock-a-by-Lady"...

The rectangular stone base has relief sculptures, from his poems..
The Sugar Plum Tree
Wynken, Blynken and Node
The Fly Away Horse
Seein Things

Have you ever heard of the sugar plum tree.
Tis a mearvel of great renown
It blooms on the shore of lollipop sea
In the garden of shut-eye town ..
[From "The Sugar Plum Tree"]

Wynken blinken and nod one night
sailed off in a wooden shoe
sailed on a river of crystal light
into a sea of dew ...
[From "Wynken, Blynken and Nod"]

On both sides of the stone base, there are relief panels, above the drinking fountains, which are of children's heights.. These have imagery from the poems..
- The Fly Away Horse
- Seein Things'

# B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund..
# Sculptures at the Lincoln Park Zoo.. 
# The "Eugene Field Memorial" also belongs to the Chicago Park District. For Fountains, Monuments, Sculptures & Statues of Chicago Park District, click here..

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have a photo of my father holding me in front of the Dream Lady Angel, I see no statue of the children in my picture. Were the children added after 1963? SJH