Post number 1,000!

Oooh, I’ve come a long way, baby!

It’s been about sixteen and a half months since I joined WordPress and though I haven’t calculated how many images are contained in these first thousand posts, let’s just say it has to be somewhat over two or even three thousand, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed taking and processing each and every one, presenting you with my best efforts!

In this post, I will show you some images I’ve been saving…I took them on November 2, 2012, when I went downtown to vote early (but I did not vote often, as some do here in Chicago!).  My location was the southwest corner of Washington and Dearborn Streets.  The large glass building houses CBS Television Studios, and is just across Dearborn Street from the Richard J. Daley Center and Daley Plaza.

I hope you enjoy “LOOP REFLECTIONS–or, Into the Glass…Brightly”!

The old reflected in the new, looking toward the east on Washington Street

The old reflected in the new, looking toward the east on Washington Street

 

The Richard J. Daley Center, reflected in the tinted glass windows of the CBS television headquarters and studios

The Richard J. Daley Center, reflected in the wavy tinted glass windows of the CBS Television headquarters and studios

 

Buildings south of Washington Street in Chicago's Loop, reflected in the south windows of the CBS building

Buildings south of Washington Street in Chicago’s Loop, reflected in the south windows of the CBS building

 

The Cook County/Chicago City Hall building (on the left) and the City of Chicago flag and other building, reflected in the west windows of the CBS building

The Cook County/Chicago City Hall building (on the left) and the City of Chicago flag and other building, reflected in the west windows of the CBS building

After such a ‘scary health’ year, I feel I am very blessed to be able to continue this blog; because I can no longer drink alcohol, I’ll raise a glass of imported Italian blood orange soda (Oh, YUM!) to YOUall my 165 followers–who have kept me going and given me the drive and energy to make it through these rough months!

You make me happy…and I am more fit than I’ve been in many years, because I walk about so many places here in Chicago, in order to present the beauty which can be found when we choose to search for it!

Here’s to YOU, and the next thousand posts!

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“The chief enemy of creativity…

…is common sense.”

Pablo Picasso, as photographed by Irving Penn

The Picasso, Richard J. Daley Center, Chicago

Newspaper columnist Mike Royko, covering the unveiling of the sculpture, wrote: “Interesting design, I’m sure. But the fact is, it has a long stupid face and looks like some giant insect that is about to eat a smaller, weaker insect.”

Royko did credit Picasso with understanding the soul of Chicago.  “Its eyes are like the eyes of every slum owner who made a buck off the small and weak. And of every building inspector who took a wad from a slum owner to make it all possible…. You’d think he’d been riding the L all his life.”

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Personally, I feel this sculpture was Picasso’s self-portrait.  Here’s what he drew in 1972:

Picasso Self-Portrait, 1972

When viewed from the sculpture’s left side, half way to its back, this is what I saw many years ago, when studying the Picasso for the first time…

…an obvious male profile can be readily identified.

Typical of Picasso’s later works, the sculpture, when viewed from directly behind, is asymmetrical…again reinforced via the 1972 self-portrait.  The themes of gauntness, elongation, curves and recurring lines evidently anchored themselves in Picasso’s brain as he aged.

How proudly they wave!

 

Daley Plaza Flags

The flags of the City of Chicago, Cook County and the United States of America wave briskly over the Cook County Courthouse (at left) and the Richard J. Daley Center (behind) on a cold, late October mid-afternoon.

In case you are wondering, the huge shadow covering the Daley Center, and the famed Pablo Picasso sculpture (at bottom center) belongs to this magnificent piece of architecture:

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple

From Wiki:

First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple is a church located at the base and in the utmost floors of the Chicago Temple Building, a skyscraper in Chicago, Illinois. The top of the building is at a height of 173 metres (568 feet).