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Marc Chagall's Four Seasons Mosaic in Chicago's Exelon Plaza | by UGArdener
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Marc Chagall's Four Seasons Mosaic in Chicago's Exelon Plaza

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"Composed of thousands of inlaid chips in over 250 colors, Marc Chagall’s mosaic artwork The Four Seasons portrays six scenes of Chicago. It features a vocabulary of images informed by the artist’s Russian-Jewish heritage and found in his Surrealist paintings such as birds, fish, flowers, suns and pairs of lovers. Chagall maintained, “the seasons represent human life, both physical and spiritual, at its different ages.” The design for this mosaic was created in Chagall’s studio in France, transferred onto full-scale panels and installed in Chicago with the help of a skilled mosaicist.

 

Chagall continued to modify his design after its arrival in Chicago, bringing up-to-date the areas containing the city’s skyline (last seen by the artist 30 years before installation) and adding pieces of native Chicago brick."

 

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From the Wikipedia Entry:

 

"Four Seasons is a mosaic by Marc Chagall that is located in Chase Tower (now Exelon) Plaza in the Loop district of Chicago, Illinois. The mosaic was a gift to the City of Chicago by the artist; it is wrapped around four sides of a 70 feet (21 m) long, 14 feet (4.3 m) high, 10 feet (3.0 m) wide rectangular box, and was dedicated on September 27, 1974. It was renovated in 1994 and a protective glass canopy was installed.[2]

 

The mosaic was the subject of a 1974 documentary film The Gift: Four Seasons Mosaic of Marc Chagall directed by Chuck Olin."

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Taken on July 15, 2011