October 25, 2016

Chicago Trip - Cultural Arts Center

Today I'm going to share pictures from our Chicago trip. After we toured Wrigley on our first day, we went downtown and found ourselves at the Cultural Arts Center. This place is AMAZING!!! It used to be the public library and has quite a history. But the architecture and glasswork was simply inspiring. Take a look...


And see that center circle in the dome? Here's a closeup look...


That's when I had the sense that I was in for something amazing in this building. We started going upstairs and wandering the rooms. We found a quilt exhibit. I thought I'd gotten pics of all of the quilts but only had this one...


This quilt was rough but had so many interesting details. If you're near Chicago, you really should go have a look. But What captured my imagination and inspired me so much was the building itself. Take a look at the Tiffany dome...


Yes, it was made by the artisans at Tiffany. It just sparkles! And the shear details. Take a look at the center of the dome...


I cannot even begin to communicate how awe-inspiring this place is. When I walked into the Tiffany dome room, I literally gasped.


I couldn't take in the details fast enough.


Even the archways leading from one section to the next were full of small details...


Around the dome was this saying. It struck me deeply. "Books are the legacies...


that a great genius leaves...


to mankind which are...


delivered down from...


generation to generation...


as presents to the...


posterity of...


those who are yet...


unborn. Addison


I sat underneath this dome and stared and studied and shed a tear or two (it was that moving). As quilters, we know how much time and effort goes into projects and the I cannot even imagine the time and effort that went into creating this gorgeous, lasting work of art.


If you ever get to Chicago, this building is an absolute must! It's directly across the street from the "bean." Hope I'm not boring yall yet as there is a lot more to come! Thanks for stopping by.

3 comments:

chromatobalomata said...

Soo beautiful! When I visited in France there were in many churches stained glass. And when the light of sun comes through it is just amazing! Anneli

LA Paylor said...

OH!
Awesome by definition of that word.
I love to read, and love books not kindles but books. This place is so beautiful. There's a room in the Baltimore Museum of art similar but much smaller. All the Tiffany glass makes my heart sing. I like Chicago so much, and spent a month there once. Thank you for the pictures.
LeeAnna at not afraid of color

Michelle said...

Those domes are AMAZING!