Thursday, January 28, 2016

Popular Chicago

Popular Chicago sites are wonderful places to begin a tour of this city ...our Sierras on the lake.

Cloud Gate in Millennium Park (2004) by the British artist Anish Kapoor is a special part of Chicago public art. The 110 ton elliptical sculpture is a series of highly polished stainless steel plates that reflect the Chicago Skyline and Clouds above the 12-foot high "gate" to the concave chamber beneath the sculpture.  Inspired by liquid mercury, the sculpture is among the largest in the world, measuring 66-feet long by 33-feet high.

Plate 143
Aquatint Etching with
hand coloring
Frames to 14" x 11"

The corner of Oak Street and Michigan Avenue is the start of the Magnificent Mile.  Heading south on Michigan Avenue, one is amazed at the skyscrapers filled with apartments and condominiums as well as year round shopping sites.
The Drake Hotel and Palmolive Building Towers, formerly the Playboy Towers, and the John Hancock Building establish the feeling of these "Sierras on the lake".

Plate 140
Aquatint Etching
a la poupee
Frames to 14" x 11"

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