Saturday, November 20, 2010

University of Chicago Campus [Fountain of Time - by Lorado Taft]

Fountain of Time...
Sculptor: Lorado Taft ...
Reflecting pool: Howard Van Doren Shaw
Completed: 1922
Description: approx. 127 feet length ..
Made with hollow-cast concrete, reinforced with steel and incorporated pebbles from the Potomac River. This composite material was an innovation at the time ..
Location: Western edge of the Midway Plaisance in the Washington Park ..
Washington Park is registered in the National Register of Historic Places, and this sculpture is a contributing structure in this achievement ..

Commissioned by the B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund, to commemorate the first 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Britain, resulting from the Treaty of Ghent in 1814 ...

Inspired by Henry Austin Dobson's poem, "Paradox of Time" ..
"Time goes, you say?
Ah no, Alas, time stays, we go"..

The sculpture extends from north to south..
Below is a break-up from north-end to the south-end..

North End..

North Center..





South Center..

South End..

Here's Father Time..
overlooking at the people as they go by, through different stages of life..

The maestro Lorado Taft himself..

My all-time favourite sculptural piece in Chicago.. It evokes so many feelings. Sometimes I find it to be flowing like a lyrical poem with it's ups and downs and sometimes I am caught in it's austere assessment of life, how a carefree childhood on father's shoulders end in old-age of pain and dementia. The details are well thought of and powerfully executed and the overall scale is simply awe-inspiring..A beautiful rendition of arguably a philosophical take on life, "Time Stays, We Go", as 100 figures pass before Father Time..

For more.. [click on the link]..
Lorado Taft..
Public Art in Universities of Chicago..
B.F.Ferguson Monument Fund..


Matt Maldre said...

Cool pics. Do you ever post any of your images on flickr?

Jyoti said...

Matt - Thanks!
And NO, I am not on flickr..