Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. Dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, it is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan. It operates from April to October, with regular water shows and evening color-light shows. During the winter, the fountain is decorated with festival lights as photographed by Michael Cuffe of Warholian.Follow Michael on his FB page here to see more of his photo work and artistry:http://www.Facebook.com/MikeCuffeMore info for the art connoisseur:The fountain is considered Chicago’s front door, since it resides in Grant Park, the city’s front yard near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway. The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan, with each sea horse symbolizing the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, that border the lake. The fountain was designed by beaux arts architect Edward H. Bennett. The statues were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau. The design of the fountain was inspired by the Bassin de Latome and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles.The fountain was donated to the city by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham and was constructed at a cost of $750,000. The fountain’s official name is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. Kate Buckingham also established the Buckingham Fountain Endowment Fund with an initial investment of $300,000 to pay for maintenance. Buckingham Fountain was dedicated on August 26, 1927.

Buckingham Fountain is a Chicago landmark in the center of Grant Park. Dedicated in 1927, it is one of the largest fountains in the world. Built in a rococo wedding cake style and inspired by the Latona Fountain at the Palace of Versailles, it is meant to allegorically represent Lake Michigan. It operates from April to October, with regular water shows and evening color-light shows. During the winter, the fountain is decorated with festival lights as photographed by Michael Cuffe of Warholian.

Follow Michael on his FB page here to see more of his photo work and artistry:http://www.Facebook.com/MikeCuffe

More info for the art connoisseur:

The fountain is considered Chicago’s front door, since it resides in Grant Park, the city’s front yard near the intersection of Columbus Drive and Congress Parkway. The fountain itself represents Lake Michigan, with each sea horse symbolizing the states of Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan and Indiana, that border the lake. The fountain was designed by beaux arts architect Edward H. Bennett. The statues were created by the French sculptor Marcel F. Loyau. The design of the fountain was inspired by the Bassin de Latome and modeled after Latona Fountain at Versailles.

The fountain was donated to the city by Kate Buckingham in memory of her brother, Clarence Buckingham and was constructed at a cost of $750,000. The fountain’s official name is the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain. Kate Buckingham also established the Buckingham Fountain Endowment Fund with an initial investment of $300,000 to pay for maintenance. Buckingham Fountain was dedicated on August 26, 1927.

Crown Fountain photographed by Warholian’s own Michael Cuffe last week in Chicago, IL. Follow Michael on FB here for more of his photography: http://www.Facebook.com/MikeCuffeCrown Fountain is an interactive work of public art and video sculpture featured in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which is located in the Loop community area. Designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa and executed by Krueck and Sexton Architects, it opened in July 2004. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet (15.2 m) tall, and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces. Construction and design of the Crown Fountain cost $17 million. Weather permitting, the water operates from May to October, intermittently cascading down the two towers and spouting through a nozzle on each tower’s front face.Residents and critics have praised the fountain for its artistic and entertainment features. It highlights Plensa’s themes of dualism, light, and water, extending the use of video technology from his prior works. Its use of water is unique among Chicago’s many fountains, in that it promotes physical interaction between the public and the water. Both the fountain and Millennium Park are highly accessible because of their universal design.

Crown Fountain photographed by Warholian’s own Michael Cuffe last week in Chicago, IL. Follow Michael on FB here for more of his photography: http://www.Facebook.com/MikeCuffe

Crown Fountain is an interactive work of public art and video sculpture featured in Chicago’s Millennium Park, which is located in the Loop community area. Designed by Catalan artist Jaume Plensa and executed by Krueck and Sexton Architects, it opened in July 2004. The fountain is composed of a black granite reflecting pool placed between a pair of glass brick towers. The towers are 50 feet (15.2 m) tall, and they use light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to display digital videos on their inward faces. Construction and design of the Crown Fountain cost $17 million. Weather permitting, the water operates from May to October, intermittently cascading down the two towers and spouting through a nozzle on each tower’s front face.

Residents and critics have praised the fountain for its artistic and entertainment features. It highlights Plensa’s themes of dualism, light, and water, extending the use of video technology from his prior works. Its use of water is unique among Chicago’s many fountains, in that it promotes physical interaction between the public and the water. Both the fountain and Millennium Park are highly accessible because of their universal design.

My painting for Beethoven Festival 2011 in Chicago. Title: “Ludwig Van Beethoven”
Artist: Michael Cuffe
Size: 24” x 30”
Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Spraypaint, and Paper on Canvas.

Special thanks to Catinca Tabacaru for putting the show together!

My painting for Beethoven Festival 2011 in Chicago. Title: “Ludwig Van Beethoven”

Artist: Michael Cuffe

Size: 24” x 30”

Medium: Acrylic, Oil, Spraypaint, and Paper on Canvas.

Special thanks to Catinca Tabacaru for putting the show together!