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Richard M. Daley

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 19 May 2011 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

A mosaic I created (utilizing AndreaMosaic) of Chicago's outgoing Mayor, Richard M. Daley, who decided to retire after 22 years in office. Photos that I had taken in 2009, 2010, and 2011 of Chicago buildings, parks, skylines and landscapes were used to create this portrait of Daley. It's interesting to note how many times my photos of the Tiffany dome at the Chicago Cultural Center and GAR Memorial Hall were repeated in his face. That's where you see the circular forms in his face. His suit coat is composed of mostly nighttime captures of the City's skyline from the Adler Planetarium.

Daley’s greatest accomplishments probably relate to his efforts to beautify the parks and boulevards and to promote Chicago as a destination city. The country's mayors and the American Architectural Foundation honored Mayor Richard Daley for his efforts to transform the city.

Back in April, Mayor Daley accepted an award for leadership in urban design at a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting. Daley was lauded as a "transformative change agent" for projects such as Millennium Park, dozens of neighborhood libraries and the construction of iconic buildings -- things many cities hope to emulate.

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Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

fantastic processing, like an artistic shot

19 May 2011 6:12am

Kenny from Eastsound, United States

Amazing mosaic!

19 May 2011 6:58am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Splendid idea and a very impressive result. From what you say here, we might well say the same about Mr Daley.

19 May 2011 7:05am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

I have to say it looks an awful lot better from a distance.
Clever stuff though.

19 May 2011 8:49am

@Curly: It's something I toiled over when creating this mosaic. After creating a mosaic with 5,000 mosaic tiles, it looked too much like a photograph and not so much like a mosaic until I settled upon a 2,000 mosaic tile layout. I wanted people to be able to identify, or recognize, some of the images used.

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

A wonderful tribute to the man, from the way you describe his achievements. This is a clever and creative portrait. The many shots that make up the mosaic also represent a fine allegory for the way he transformed the city - now more than the sum of its parts.

19 May 2011 10:22am

klausZ from Kustein, Austria

a really outstanding processing and composition! which software you used for this compo?

19 May 2011 10:53am

@klausZ: AndreaMosaic. The link is above in my narrative. ;-)

Roman from Thiersee, Austria

interesting work - very well done!

19 May 2011 1:11pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

What a magnificent job, Steven....I am not surprised but I am so impressed...all the labor this had to have taken to get done you are a true artist sir - brilliant!

19 May 2011 2:03pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

This is amazing. Very clever and very well done.

19 May 2011 3:04pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

I like this. I wish that I could see the individual pictures of the buildings better. I can see all of the hard work and effort that you put into this composition.

19 May 2011 8:44pm

franz from Baden, Austria

this is truly and honestly AWESOME - what a cool idea, what excellent execution! i'm much impressed!

19 May 2011 8:51pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Very creative with excellent results.

19 May 2011 9:03pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Very well done !

19 May 2011 10:44pm

Wild Mustang Photography from Carlisle, Massachusetts, United States

A wonderful portrait and style of works! Well done and very unique!!!!

20 May 2011 12:24am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

WOW, this is fantastic! I would love to see a detailed version of this. How long did it take?

20 May 2011 1:01am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, that's pretty cool, Steven! I wonder if some of the curved highlights on the face could be toned down to not stand out so much, or would that take away from the mosaic feel? Regardless, good work!

20 May 2011 1:07am

Kala from United States

I like how you've processed this. He was a great mayor and his shoes will be hard to fill.

20 May 2011 5:38am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

Da Mayor!

21 May 2011 4:53am

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

This is the kind of mayor I want to have for my city! Very cool processing!

22 May 2011 1:20am

Albert from Hamburg, Germany

This is very cool! I wish I could see your photo in higher resolution. I will put trying that software on my project list.

27 May 2011 11:29pm