Thursday, August 22, 2013

Fountain Figures (Crane Girl, Fisher Boy, Turtle Boy, Dove Girl)


Turtle Boy
Fountain Figures (Crane Girl, Fisher Boy, Turtle Boy, Dove Girl), 1910
Leonard Crunelle
Grant Park
One pair north and one pair south of the Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain

            Leonard Crunelle (1872-1945), one-time assistant to Lorado Taft, was widely admired for his whimsical sculptures of children. His four Fountain Figures, originally displayed as plaster casts in a 1908 outdoor exhibit at Humboldt Park, were subsequently cast in bronze and placed at the four corners of a reflecting pool in that park’s rose garden. The six-foot tall statues remained in that location until the early 1950s, when vandals damaged the works. They remained in storage until 1964, when they were installed in four separate circular fountains, as part of a new Grant Park Rose garden. Crane Girl and Fisher Boy are north of the Clarence F. Buckingham Memorial Fountain, while Turtle Boy and Dove Girl are to the south.

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