…sorry, no tigers or bears!

Source: “Flanking the entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago, Edward Kemeys’ lions are among the city’s most beloved and recognizable sculptures. A largely self-taught artist who became famous for his sculptures of wild animals, Edward Kemeys (1843-1907), established a studio in Chicago in 1892. The following year, the World’s Columbian Exposition in Jackson Park showcased twelve of his sculptures in plaster including massive jaguars, bears, and bison. At the fair, Kemeys’ lions were placed at the entrance to the Fine Arts Palace (now the Museum of Science and Industry). Mrs. Henry Field donated the funds to recast the lions in bronze and install them in front of the Art Institute’s new building in Grant Park in 1894.

Prior to their official dedication, the Chicago Tribune reported that Kemeys said that the lions were “conceived as guarding the building.”

He explained that the south lion is “attracted by something in the distance which he is closely watching,”

and that the north lion “has has back up, and is ready for a roar and a spring.”

Kemeys was considered the leader of the American animaliers, a movement that began in France in the mid- nineteenth century in which artists studied living animals to produce their sculptures.”

AIC with North Lion  Copyright 2012

AIC with South Lion  Copyright 2012

AIC Under the South Lion 

In 1900, the Art Institute of Chicago looked like this.

The plaque was set in 1893:

AIC Plaque  Copyright 2012

 AIC Planter Support  Copyright 2012

I find it interesting that the stonework on these planter supports feature cattle skulls…perhaps a celebration of the once-great Chicago Stockyards?

More…Art Institute Garden

AIC Garden, facing north  Copyright 2012

Large Interior Form by Henry Moore  Copyright 2012

Flying Dragon by Alexander Calder  Copyright 2012

Buds  Copyright 2012

The Bud’s Flower  Copyright 2012

More Flowers  Copyright 2012


There will be more to come, as the blooming season continues!

Today…in the rain

“They” said it would clear by early afternoon.  “They” were wrong…again!

Just two weeks ago, I posted these lovely tulips on State Street, here in the Chicago Loop:

Today, they looked like this:

And like this:

So, I walked over to the Art Institute, hoping to spend the afternoon indoors, but today was not a free day (it’s the end of the month for me, and 5 color ink cartridges cost almost $92, which ate into my ‘extras for fun’ account).  I spent some time in the gift shop, admiring overpriced objects mostly ‘Made in China’, then retired to the garden.

Oh!  Pansies!  How I love pansies!

All photos copyright 2012

There is more to come from the Art Institute…just am too tired to run everything through Photoshop (TM) tonight!