This is the Victor Lawson memorial in Graceland
Cemetery, created by sculptor Lorado Taft in 1931. Victor Fremont Lawson was the publisher of the Chicago Daily News until his death in 1925.
This Is Not A Toy
An armillary sphere is an old tool that is supposed to represent the heavens. They were models of what scientists thought the heavens looked like and how they were suppose to have moved.
Rosehill Cemetery, Andersonville.
Use Your Imagination...
...think "Kilroy Was Here".
Going Under The Knife
Slowly count backward from ten.
This is the security door of a north side business.
You Cannot Win If You Do Not Play
Open your ears, eyes and mouth. If you see
something, call the police. If you can intervene, do it. Lend a hand. If you know something, share the information with those that can act. It's easy to fear someone, but how can you hate them without knowing them?
Thoughts For A New Year
This is "Man's Inhumanity To Man". No, not me posting this photo, that's the title of this mural located at 47th Street and Calumet Avenue. It was originally painted in 1975 by Chicago muralist William Walker and restored in 2003. It's an ambitious piece, painted alongside another Walker mural I previously posted, "Wall of Daydreaming". I was going to type
out the poetry by John Pitman Weber but I feel it's better for people to read, decipher and understand it in its original form on the mural. The following may give you a little more insight to it.
"A Student Teacher Discusses A Chicago Mural"
Megan Dolan took part in a student teacher program at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture last year. One of her assignments was a project centered around a mural.
Dolan and a partner picked a mural on the corner of 47th Street and Calumet Avenue in Bronzeville: “The Wall of Daydreaming and Man's Inhumanity to Man,” painted in 1975. While her partner, an art student, appreciated the mural’s aesthetics, Dolan said she was drawn to the mural because of its political and social implications.
Dolan and her partner produced a short film about the mural. In their research, they were told by neighborhood residents that the mural was so well-respected that gang members would stand by it day and night so that no one would deface it.
In one interview, Dolan spoke with a family who used to live in the neighborhood. They told her that they noticed something new in the mural every time they walked by it.
She also interviewed two young men who were community residents.
One had a strong reaction to a part of the mural that depicts handcuffs and people falling below them. “To him, it represented – in a sad sense – his future,” Dolan said. “He’s trapped, not literally in handcuffs but stuck in [his] situation and falling down.”
The family, who had moved out of the area, was better off, she said.
“The family has gotten out and can learn from [the mural],” she said. “But handcuffs are tighter on the wrists of those who live there.”
Beam Me Up, Scotty...
...but please be careful.
An odd tree in Grant Park.
Brownstones in Bronzeville.
If you keep your eyes open you can find gems
like this street in all sections of Chicago. If you
get off main thoroughfares like So. Michigan
Avenue and King Drive there are structures like these waiting to be appreciated.
Spiffing the place up in anticipation of the Zombie Apocalypse.