I drove into Chicago to see the Art Institute. I haven't been into Chicago for a very long time. We use to go every summer when the kids were younger. We'd spend lots of time at the Science museums, zoos and Great America.
I never had a chance to go to the Art Institute. I took advantage of the valet parking at the Modern Art entrance to the museum. A bit pricey but I was by myself and really didn't want to drive around looking for parking. It is really the way to go. You can park there till 4:30pm.
I'm not much of a modern art fan from today's artists but I did find a new appreciation of Abelardo Morell's The Universe Next Door series...
He would double expose his film taking a picture of the ground and then the San Francisco Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge...it gives his pictures a rich texture and background.
Andy Warhol's Mao
Alexander Calder's mobile
Pablo Picasso's Nude Under a Pine Tree Salvador Dalí-Venus de Milo with Drawers
Paul Gauguin's The Ancestors of Tshamana I was ready for my Ferris Bueller moment in front of Georges Seurat's A Sunday on La Grande Jatte but instead there was...
Claude Monet's Water Lilies...I was so disappointed...
For those of you who haven't seen this movie...here is what I'm talking about.
is a beautiful handcrafted necklace with
sterling silver links. The main element is
a vintage French RF Medal. Hanging from
this lovely medal is a gold colored etched jewelry pocket watch with a tintype
of a lovely girl from the past.
The eclectic chain is a mixture vintage Japanese
glass pearls & old faceted chandelier beads...antiqued rhinestone balls
& rondelles...old rhinestone bracelet links...vintage rhinestone earring...lastly
gold colored links from a watch fob chain from the past.
To hold everything together there is my
"signature" handcrafted sterling silver “S” shaped clasp with more
Every element of Paris has been antiqued and polished to a beautiful shine.
This necklace will look great whether you are brocante shopping or just a
casual night out with the girls.
Paris is 24 inches long with the medal & knife drop that is 4.5 inches
is a large Victorian era cemetery located in Chicago. Established in 1860, the cemetery is
typical of those that reflect Queen Victoria's reconception of the early 19th
century "graveyard". Instead of poorly-maintained headstones, and
bodies buried on top of each other, on an ungenerous parcel of land; the
cemetery became a pastoral landscaped park dotted with memorial markers, with
room left over for picnics, a common usage of cemeteries of that time. Many of Graceland's tombs are of great architectural or artistic interest...
Peter Schoenhofen (1827 - 1893) A wealthy brewer, Schoenhofen’s pyramid was designed by architect Richard Schmidt in 1893.
It features the unlikely combination of an Egyptian pyramid and sphinx with a typical Victorian era angel. It seems Mr. Schoenhofen wanted to cover all his bets in the afterlife.
George Pullman (1831
– 1897) The famous inventor of the
sleeping car and the infamous landlord of his workers. George Pullman was buried at night...his coffin was covered in tarpaper and
asphalt, is sunk in a concrete block the size of a room.
On top of the block
lie railroad ties and even more concreteto prevent his body from being exhumed and desecrated by labor activists. I'm guessing he wasn't a popular guy with his employees.
the piece de resistance of all the fine monuments in Graceland
masterpiece was commissioned by lumber merchant Henry Harrison Getty for his
wife, Carrie Eliza. Every corner of this tomb is given to fine details including the hinges of the bronze gate. Henry
joined his wife in the tomb shortly after he died in Paris, France on March 31,
1919. Their only child Alice was added in 1946.
William Kimball (1828 – 1904)
A traveling salesman from Maine, stopped in Chicago in 1857, and was so
impressed with its vitality, he stayed and went into business as a wholesale
dealer in pianos and organs.
By 1881, he was successful enough to open an organ
factory, and six years later, began making pianos, too.
Field (1835 -1906) Field,
who went from store clerk to Chicago’s richest man, developed his famous
company into the world’s largest wholesale and retail dry goods enterprise.
French’s statue, the sad-faced woman titled “Memory,” holds oak leaves, a
symbol of calm courage. The caduceus on the base, the staff of Mercury, is used
today mostly to represent medicine. But we are told that here, it stands for
commerce. Mercury was the classical god of commerce – as well as of skill,
eloquence, cleverness, travel and thievery.
Wacker (1856 – 1929) He is the man for whom Wacker Drive is named,
thanks to his position as chairman of the Chicago Plan Commission, which gained
public acceptance of Daniel Burnham’s Chicago Plan of 1909.
Palmer (1826 – 1902) & Bertha Palmer (1849 – 1918) The
grand Greek temple with the twin sarcophagi gives a clue to the lavish
lifestyle of its occupants. Potter Palmer pioneered customer satisfaction in
his dry goods store, with money-back guarantees, merchandise on approval, and
attractive store displays. He sold his successful business to Marshall Field and became successful in real estate.
Pinkerton (1819 – 1884) Pinkerton came to America from Scotland.
Working as a cooper in Ohio, he discovered the hideout of a gang of
counterfeiters, helped nab the gang, and became a deputy sheriff. His
reputation spread, he became Cook County Sheriff, then Chicago’s first
When he went private, his trademark was the unblinking eye. He was
also an ardent abolitionist, and part of the Underground Railroad.
A memorial stone for
Timothy Webster (buried in Onarga, Illinois) is next to Kate Warn who is buried
near Pinkerton, their employer. Kate, the nation’s first female private eye,
and Timothy helped Pinkerton escort Abraham Lincoln to his inauguration.
Webster, in Pinkerton’s secret service, was hanged by the Confederacy as a spy
during the Civil War.
William Hulbert (1832 –
1882) has a most appropriate memorial – a big, carved baseball. It marks the
resting place of the man who founded the National League of Professional
Baseball Clubs. Hulbert, a big fan of the game, became a stockholder in the
Chicago White Stockings in 1870 and its president in 1875. The following year,
he organized the National League with the 8 teams whose names are on the stone
baseball. The White Stockings won the league’s first championship, and their
descendants, the Cubs, play in Wrigley Field. Through an oversight, Hulbert
wasn’t enshrined in Baseball’s Hall of Fame until 1995.
(1843 – 1916) He fought for the
Union during the Civil War and settled in Chicago afterward. He became
president of the Union Bag & Paper Company, and founded the Exhaust
Ventilator Company. His monument is actually an early columbarium – a vault to
hold urns of cremated remains, a practice much more common today than a century
There are also simple headstones in Graceland too.
Wm. H. Mitchell's Tomb
A Soul Effigy
Tomb covered with lotus flowers means creation, intelligence,rebirth, immortality and royal power.
Beauty flowers blooming in Graceland...
A ladybug starting to fly away...
A woman holding Narcissus (Daffodil) means triumph of divine love and sacriface over vanity, selfishness and death.
Acanthus leaves decorate this tombstone...it is said that whoever has them adorning their tomb has overcome the biblical curse of Genesis 3...God's curse of Adam after he ate the apple given to him by Eve. Poppies are associated with sleep and death.
A dog symbolizes fidelity, loyalty,vigilance and watchfulness.
Graceland is one of the most beautiful garden cemeteries I have visited here in the United States.