Saturday, March 19, 2011

77:365 Ceres

This is Ceres, the Roman Goddess of Agriculture. She stands atop the Chicago Board of Trade, a classic Art Deco style building that I shot on January 5th. I think it's one of the most beautiful buildings in the City.

Bag of grain in one hand and sheaf of wheat in the other, Ceres has watched over LaSalle Street for more than 80 years. In 1930, when she was placed there (in 40 pieces), the CBOT was the tallest building in the City (609 feet) a title it held until 1965. She's made of solid aluminum, stands 32 feet tall and weighs 6,500 pounds. She was created in an Art Deco style called Streamline Moderne by sculptor John H. Storrs. In 1980 she was airlifted out by helicopter for some refurbishing. I happened to be on the 34th floor of the AT&T building and was able to catch her relatively close up.

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