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Michigan Ave. Bridge

Designed by Edward Bennett, the stunning Beaux Arts-style Michigan Avenue Bridge was completed in 1920. The bas relief sculptures on the bridge, one of which is shown in this painting, that make it one of the best loved sights in Chicago. The sculptures depict important events in early Chicago history. The one I chose to paint depicts the aftermath of the Chicago Fire and the workmen who rebuilt it. I wanted to capture the light at sunset. For a very few, brief moments the sun shines directly on the side of the statuary, but also reflects off the Chicago River, lighting up the top area as well. The dramatic yellow and orange light is reminiscent of a fire and thus is very appropriate for this Chicago painting.

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Sharon Gonzalez 17 Jun 2011

VERY INCREDIBLE WORK, MICHAEL. WOW.

marie-claire gallet 17 Jun 2011

Thank you for sharing !!! Reminds me when I stayed in Chicago in ....... 1969 (the year of the first step on the moon and where the astronauts came to Chicago for a ticket parade ! I was there) !!!