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"...Luminous Iridescence..."

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 16 February 2010 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

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.

SONY DSLR-A300 10 second F/13.0 ISO 100 28 mm

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

nice lines, well taken

16 Feb 2010 6:18am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Wonderful rich décor (and well illuminated too), and well captured!

16 Feb 2010 8:36am

marc from Granby, Canada

such a beautiful place with nice architecture. thank for sharing....

16 Feb 2010 2:51pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Beautiful lobby, and I like the angle you used.

16 Feb 2010 3:33pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

SUPEr ! Very good shot . Great details .

16 Feb 2010 4:21pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Love the angle you have taken Steve, you must have been squeezed into a door frame to get all of this in!

16 Feb 2010 4:40pm

theys from Gerpinne, Belgium

Very beautiful photograph and really well, cheer!

16 Feb 2010 6:06pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

The gentle, rich ambiance complements the amazing detail and decor. Well done

16 Feb 2010 6:51pm

bekkah from Pennsylvania, United States

very beautiful image

16 Feb 2010 7:43pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

Gorgeous beyond words!

16 Feb 2010 10:17pm

Elseneur from Montréal, Canada

I love the tones.

17 Feb 2010 1:18am

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Beautiful image. I think you really did the Tiffany justice.

17 Feb 2010 2:22am

Elisa from Massachusetts, United States

really beautiful! great capture!

17 Feb 2010 2:29am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Superb. Well done.

17 Feb 2010 3:14am

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

Amazing work. Bravo!

17 Feb 2010 4:30am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Impressive... I wonder how you clean a place like this?

17 Feb 2010 12:46pm

Charles Dastodd from Chicago, United States

a really amazing capture. the golden tones of this are terrific!

18 Feb 2010 12:19am