Four Seasons

10 S Dearborn St Chicago

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This stunning mosaic, titled “The Four Seasons” by Marc Chagall was a gift to Chicago from the Prince Charitable Trust and was dedicated in 1974. Chagall was a Russian-French artist of Belarusian Jewish origin. Because of his origins, Chagall's artwork was ridiculed by the Nazi’s and he believed it was necessary for him to leave France in 1941. He found a ​safe haven in the United States.

This mosaic colorfully celebrates the arrival of spring, summer, winter, and fall – the four seasons that Chicago can get - - sometimes in one day! The mosaic wraps around 4 sides measuring 70ft long, 14ft tall and 10 feet wide. It was constructed of over 128 separate panels. Chagall arrived 2 weeks early for the unveiling and quickly realized that he had to make a few updates because the Chicago skyline had changed since he had last visited some 30 years earlier!

Maintenance Nightmare

Now, mosaics are delicate and difficult to maintain. After a couple decades of taking a pounding in the Chicago elements the work underwent a full restoration in the 1990s which included adding a glass canopy and those little poles/sticks at the top. Can anyone guess what those little spikes/sticks do? They keep the pigeons away. And most importantly, they keep the pigeon poop away which is absolutely terrible for the mosaic

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