Chicago, IL 60604
Title of the artwork: “Great Indian Council”
Artists: Gustaf Dalstrom
A recent trip to the Chicago and I couldn’t help myself, I had to stop and photograph a few post offices. We were visiting for a wedding and I was trying to leave my work behind, but when you love what you do and the opportunity is right there. It is impossible to pass up. I enlisted the help of my girlfriend to photograph me in front the Chicago Loop Post Office.
I have to say it was very difficult to see the letters, but at the same time I loved the reflection of the Flamingo sculpture by Calder in front. We also made our way over to Millennium Park to visit the Cloud Gate, otherwise known as the big shiny bean. I almost forgot how many wonderful sights there are in Chicago.
Thanks for stopping by
Update October 2015
- $16.50 for a Metra round trip ticket from Crystal Lake, IL.
- $1.65 for a small coffee from Traks cafe
- $4.00 for a breakfast sandwich from McDonalds
- $22.15 total for my trip to Chicago to photograph the mural.
Hello everyone, I finally made it downtown to the Chicago Loop Station during business hours to get photos of this one. It has always bothered me that I posted the Loop Station with-out having images of the mural. On Friday October 23, 2015 I was able to get down there and photograph it. My timing and efforts were rewarded with a pleasant visit and an easy time photographing this mural.
This mural was once located in the Chestnut street station, but according to my research the Chestnut street station was demolished a number of years ago. Apparently there were two murals in the Chestnut street station. One of the murals was moved here to the Loop location and the other one was moved to the Cardiss Collins Processing Center on Harrison Street.
I was a bit disappointed to observe the condition issues of this one but I image over time it will be restored. I wonder if Parma Conservation knows about this one? I wonder what has to happen in order to start the process of evaluating, funding and then restoring of a piece of work like this? Anyone know how this works?
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“Used with the permission of the United States Postal Service®. All rights reserved.”
- Personal visit on 6/19/2014 and 10/23/2015 by David, Post Office Freak
- (affiliate link) Democratic Vistas: Post Offices and Public Art in the New Deal: [Hardcover] Marlene Park, Gerald E. Markowitz
- Living New Deal: (www.livingnewdeal.org)
- (affiliate link) A Guide to Depression Era Art in Illinois Post Offices: [Pamphlet] Mary Emma Thompson, PH. D.