”When I was a girl, Chicagoans had to travel far and wide to see things of beauty. I am glad I have lived to see the day when people now come from far and wide to see beautiful things in Chicago.” ~Kate Buckingham, May, 1939
When Chicagoan Kate Buckingham commissioned architect Edward H. Bennett to design Buckingham Fountain in memory of her late brother Clarence, she did so to expose all people in her beloved city to beauty and art. There is no question that she succeeded in doing so, as the iconic fountain is today one of the city’s most magnificent architectural jewels. It also happens to be one of my favorite hometown landmarks.
It is one of the world’s largest fountains, constructed of gorgeous Georgia pink marble. It is meant to symbolize Lake Michigan, with four bronze sea horses representing the four states around it—Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana.
Three circular basins hold 1.5 Million gallons of recycled water that erupts every two hours into a giant 137 foot water spout.Evening light shows are simply spectacular and can be seen through October 1st. It is really something to behold—a must-see for anyone visiting Chicago. How lucky am I to have all this beauty right in my own backyard?
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