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Paris-style metro entrance in Chicago

Posted on August 5th 2010 by Arthur in Art, Chicago

We came across this Paris-style Metra entrance in Chicago the other day. It is based on the famous Art Nouveau Metro entrances by Hector Guimard. The entrance to the Van Buren station was given to Chicago by the city of Paris in 2001. The cast iron entrance was taken from the original molds.

Paris metra

Here is the original in Paris (photo by adfoto), which was introduced to Paris in the early 1900s.

metro Monceau

There is also one in Montreal. I wonder if there are any anywhere else.

Eye and Cardinal in Chicago

Posted on August 3rd 2010 by Arthur in Art, Chicago

There’s a new eyeball in town, and it’s three stories tall! The art installation by Tony Tasset can be found at Pritzker Park at State and Van Buren in Chicago, from July through October 2010. It is called Eye and Cardinal.

Eye and Cardinal by Tony Tasset

It’s a bit creepy, if you ask me. Looks like a giant got his eye poked out by the spikes on Sears Tower Willis Tower.

Eye and Cardinal by Tony Tasset

The Cardinal-part of Eye and Cardinal is in the form of 156 vinyl banners on State Street. The banners have flying Northern Cardinals on them, the state bird of Illinois.

Eye and Cardinal by Tony Tasset

Eye and Cardinal by Tony Tasset

Eye and Cardinal by Tony Tasset

The three-story eyeball sculpture is part of the Chicago Loop Alliance art collection. For more information see Chicago Loop Alliance.

Eye and Cardinal by Tony Tasset