Walking through Chicago history at Graceland Cemetery
I learned about Graceland Cemetery in the Notes section of The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, where he noted that Graceland is “an utterly charming haven where, paradoxically, history comes alive.” (394) I could not agree more. I took a walk there on a sunny day in early September and loved it. It’s gorgeous and so interesting.
Many of the figures in Chicago history are buried at Graceland on Chicago’s north side. I cannot name them all, but architects like Daniel Burnham, Louis Sullivan, and Mies van der Rohe are buried at Graceland. Marshall Field and Potter Palmer, both famous Chicago businessmen, and the inventors, Cyrus McCormick and George Pullman, are at Graceland too.
Graceland is a different type of community to be sure, but it is a community of people that have accomplished great things, and even though these people were not all contemporaries, their stories are all together at Graceland Cemetery.
Thanks, Daily Post, for the chance to post again about one of my favorite walks this year as I complete my resolution.
Park of the Laments by Alfredo Jaar.
I took this picture from the entrance to this walk-in exhibit at The Virginia B. Fairbanks Art & Nature Park: 100 Acres at the Indianapolis Museum of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana.
And we were surprised by what we found at the top of the stairs . . .
Today I walked by one of our town’s sculptures and was able to snap a quick picture with my phone:
This sculpture is not in the park (like those from Day Sixty-seven/Phoneography Challenge), but in a large corner parkway at an intersection. Our family has argued about this sculpture more than some of the others in town, but I like it. And that’s what matters.
Good day, good walk.
Four Sculptures, Four Benches, and Ten Inches of Snow–Three Days Later
I went walking in my neighborhood again today. Despite all the snow still on the ground, I headed to the park and snapped a few sculpture pictures with my cell phone.
Our village started buying and renting sculptures over ten years ago. Public art has been a great addition to our neighborhood and our village. Although the sculptures are scattered around town, the highest concentration is at the park.
Maybe in a few weeks, I’ll sit down and stay awhile.
Good day, good walk.