Grids and Patterns Everywhere

Chicago is like a gigantic grid.
Huge avenues, open streets,
green expanses as far as the
eye can see, but laid out neatly,
composed, not at all like the
cow paths of Boston. The smell
of beef everywhere in the air.
This is a cow town through and through.
(Read “Devil in the White City” for a fascinating
view of the the creation of the Chicago Worlds
Fair, Architect Burnham, Olmstead’s gardens here,
the slaughterhouses and the serial killer
who roamed the city at that time.

As we journeyed to the new
wing of the Art Institute,
Renzo Piano’s gorgeous grids
surrounded us everywhere.

From the building itself full of light…

To the Nichols Bridgeway…both it’s walking surface and railings,
grids and patterns…

In stark contrast to my favorite part of the
city, Millenium Park, home of Cloud Gate,
The Pritzker Pavillion(Frank Gehry’s chaos of
aluminum) and the Lurie Garden.

The views from the walkway
in the mist were spectacular. Lurie Garden
blooming it’s pinks, cranberry and purples
mixed with the textures of green and the rill
which gently flows water through it all, the song
of the redwing blackbirds filling the air.

It was magical here…

The alliums, my favorite…

And the honeybees….

Husband and son agreed…

The gardens inspired me to work on a
recycled 3-ring notebook cover that will hold
mail art I have received.
Another allium, from another place,
some photos of my world. my gardens
and pink lipstick hues that make me happy.

Peaceful Thursday. xox

8 Responses to “Grids and Patterns Everywhere”

  1. Heloise June 17, 2010 at 3:21 pm #

    Interesting post with all those grids. The garden looks lovely as does your piece of art.

  2. Victoria June 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm #

    I can see why you were inspired… beautiful photos! Aside from sitting in an airplane during a stop over to San Francisco, I've never been to Chicago, but I would love to go one day. Thanks for sharing!

  3. NuminosityBeads June 17, 2010 at 7:04 pm #

    The allium photo is amazing! I bet that journal will be as well.

  4. Snap June 17, 2010 at 7:43 pm #

    You've been redecorating! Wonderful Chicago post. Looking forward to more!

  5. Kim Mailhot June 17, 2010 at 7:55 pm #

    Oh how inspiring !!! Isn't ti cool that once you start seeing the world with your artist eyes, everything is ART ! Love it.

  6. Jensters June 17, 2010 at 10:30 pm #

    Wow what alot of grids Corrine….love your book cover…great idea to keep your mailart in xx

  7. Marilyn Rock June 17, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Beautiful photos; inspiring indeed! Love your art notebook!

  8. Mrs Moen June 18, 2010 at 8:15 am #

    Thanks for the tour of Chicago through your eyes which was very interesting!

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