I am a lover of pattern, particularly when it involves carving and casting. So I was really excited to see the small exhibit at the Art Institute of “Fragments of Chicago’s Past”. There were some beautiful fragments (unfortunately of mostly demolished buildings), many by Louis Sullivan, Alder and Frank Lloyd Wright. Wright studied under Sullivan, and I have always been partial to Sullivan. I put this collage together of some of my favorite patterns. I also included some beautifully carved Early American chests. This makes me want to start designing patterns again.
And of course our trip would not be complete without a stop at “A Sunday on La Grande Jatte” by Georges Seurat (now picture Ferris Bueller’s Day Off). We also considered asking to tour the house where Cameron lived (which is currently on the market).
I could have spent all day there, but alas the kids became quite restless after an hour or so. The collections were amazing and surprisingly diverse and I definitely recommend a stop if you are ever in the area.