Monday, September 9, 2013

Lucius Fisher Monument


Lucius Fisher Monument, 1916
Richard Bock
Graceland Cemetery
North central section on western edge of lake
4001 North Clark Street

            Lucius Fisher (1843-1916), whose father was the founder of Beloit College in Wisconsin, fought for the Union in the Civil War and subsequently settled in Chicago. His business interests included Union Bag & Paper Company and Exhaust Ventilator Company and he was the developer responsible for the Fisher Building at Van Buren and Dearborn. The architect who worked on an addition to that structure, Peter J. Weber, also designed this columbarium (a vault for cremated remains).
            This monument is notable because of the striking bronze relief figure created by Richard Bock (1865-1949), a sculptor who collaborated frequently with Frank Lloyd Wright, including the crouching figures at Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park. The hooded female figure holding an urn is reminiscent of the English Arts and Crafts movement and the shadows created by the hood and sleeves require passers-by to step in close to view the details.

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