Wednesday, July 4, 2012
walking on and on.....
Onward to Buckingham Fountain in the center of Grant Park. Uta, Robin and Julie.
These crow babies were calling us.
Our beautiful lakefront.
We're almost there...
Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, a Chicago landmark, is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles and considered Chicago's front door, it resides in Grant Park, the city's front yard near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway.
The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan, with each sea horse symbolizing the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, that border the lake.
The fountain was designed by beaux arts architect Edward H. Bennett. The statues were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau and the design of the fountain was inspired by the Bassin de Latome and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles. It was donated to the city by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother. Clarence Buckingham was an art collector, trustee and former director of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Our hair was blowing wildly but it was hot and the wind felt good! We couldn't care. Me, Uta and Robin.