Thursday, September 6, 2007

Fountain of the Great Lakes - Lorado Taft

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Shot on Sep 5, 2007.

Fountain of the Great Lakes by Lorado Taft ...
This is in the Art Institute of Chicago [south side]. It is bronze work of art created between 1907-1913.

Taft was an instructor at the School of the Art Institute for several years. The fountain is Taft's response to Daniel Burnham's complaint at the Columbian Exposition in 1893 that the sculptors charged with ornamenting the fairgrounds failed to produce anything that represented the great natural resources of the west, especially the Great Lakes. The fountain depicts five women arranged so that the water flows through them in the same way water passes through the Great Lakes.
'Superior' on high and 'Michigan' on the side both empty into the basin of 'Huron' who sends the stream to 'Erie' whence 'Ontario' receives it and looks wistfully after.

This garden surrounding the fountain was designed by the Office of Dan Kiley, who was a renowned late 20th Century landscape artist.

Reference: Fountain of the Great lakes, click here ...

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