The entry hall outside the Preston Bradley Hall of the Chicago Cultural Center. Spotted here below the coffered ceiling are Tiffany chandeliers and mosaics which contain quotes from the likes of Victor Hugo, Bacon, Milton, and Benjamin Franklin, the founder of the circulating library. The Preston Bradley Hall was formerly the circulation desk of what was the main branch of the Chicago Public Library.
Details seen here in the entry hall incorporate elements of Tiffany's favrile technique, a process so unique that he had it patented in 1894. This technique is characterized by the luminous iridescence achieved by mixing glass of different color together while still molten, transforming the medium into the nuances of paint. By sequencing the favrile glass, mother-of-pearl and semi-precious stones at slight angles, these more than 10,000 square feet of mosaic intentionally shimmer as they reflect and refract ambient light.
Inscriptions of the names of authors, social reformers, poets and playrights that decorate the halls, in addition to the inspirational quotes in languages of the ancient and modern worlds suggest the breadth of vision and spirit of endurance that characterize this spectacular space.
Photo taken February 5, 2010.
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