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"Giants in the Park" is a history guide for the monuments in Lincoln Park, Chicago's largest and, historically, most important park. Giants encountered with this walking tour guidebook include Lincoln, LaSalle, Grant, Sheridan, Schiller, Goethe, Altgeld ... seventeen portrait statues in all. Missing monuments and salient park history are documented as well.
Lincoln the Man is the most important statue on the tour and is a masterpiece of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, the ranking American sculptor of his era. Saint-Gaudens' Lincoln was groundbreaking when unveiled in 1887. With the inclusion of the classical chair behind the standing Lincoln and with its elaborate base designed by architect Stanford White, it is much more than the typical portrait statue.
Of all the park's monuments, our LaSalle bronze is the most significant to Chicago's history. At it's unveiling in 1889, LaSalle was celebrated as the man "to whose geographical discoveries American civilization owes a heavy debt." After being the first white-man to travel the full-length of the Mississippi River in 1682, LaSalle returned to the Chicago portage the following winter, where in his journal, he predicted the rise of a great city.
The history behind each and every monument is unique and exciting. Throughout the book, interesting connections exist, to a wide variety of topics and early Chicago personalities: the Columbian Exposition of 1893, the Haymarket affair, the Great Chicago Fire, the Civil War, early Chicago ethnic groups, the park's cemetery years, Charles Yerkes, Frances Willard, Mayor Carter Harrison and much more.
Lincoln Park's monumental art invites us to explore the old: to study the heroes of our Chicago forefathers; and through examining the realization of their likenesses, to glimpse moments and ideals from our great city's youth.
[Giants in the Park was designated 2011 Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association, and in 2014, Krista received a Certificate of Excellence from the Illinois State Historical Society for her work on Giants in the Park.]
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Krista August holds degrees in mathematics and education from Northwestern and DePaul universities respectively, and since 2006, she has studied art locally at the Palette and Chisel Academy. In 2011, Giants in the Park was named Book of the Year by the Chicago Writers Association, and in 2014, the Illinois State Historical Society awarded Krista with a Certificate of Excellence for her work. Krista continues to promote interest in local monuments through book and art sales, slide presentations, walking and biking tours, also with a virtual bike-ride sculpture tour, available through her website at GiantsinthePark.com.Review:
Giants in the Park is an essential item for any Chicago lover s bookshelf. --Rick Kogan, WGN
Little book, big story: Giants in the Park brings the statues of Lincoln Park to life. It includes a collection of crisp, clear and well-researched stories about the people depicted by these bronze figures as well as the people who funded and sculpted these historical treasurers. Who knew that the park is home to 17 portrait statues, depicting giants from LaSalle to Lincoln and Shakespeare to Sheridan? With this book in hand, one could visit them all over a day or two as well as the sites of seven statues that have gone missing! But Giants in the Park is more than a guidebook. It s an important contribution to our understanding of the times and events, donors and artists, social movements and political forces that not only account for these precious works of public art but also contributed to Chicago s growth and development. As these statues tell their stories through Krista August, we learn more about our remarkable city. As a docent for the Chicago History Museum who used to give tours of Lincoln Park, I wish this book had been published long ago. This lovely book, which is accented by the author s watercolors of the statues, belongs on everyone s Chicago-history bookshelf. --Greg Borzo, author of The Chicago L and Where to Bike Chicago: Best Biking in City and Suburbs
Giants is a passionate, personal project (combining history, art, love of Chicago, love of books), beautifully executed. --Sharon Woodhouse, Publisher, Lake Claremont Press
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Book Description Lincoln Park Press, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110615427375
Book Description Lincoln Park Press, 2011. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0615427375
Book Description Lincoln Park Press, 2011. Paperback. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0615427375