Fountain of Time

Fountain of Time Chicago Illinois

Stock #: 41842
Type: Postcard
Era: Linen
City: Chicago
State: Illinois (IL)
County: Cook
Size: 3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)

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This is the beautiful Fountain of Time, one of the greatest pieces of culpturing of modern times. It was created by Lorado Taft, Chicago's leading scupltor- the Dean of Arts at the University of Chicago. It was dedicated to over 100 years of peace between the United States and Great Briatin, and it was inspired by the lines of the great British poet, Austin Dobson.- "Time flies you say? Alas, ah no! Time stays-for 'tis we who go." In the foreground there is a lone figure (not shown) with his back toward our bus. This is Father Time. He stands there motionless, with his chin in one hand, his immortal staff in the other, lookiing cynically across the waters of life at the passing of humanity. On the far right of the work he sees man emerging from the great unknown- from the darkness into the light. Little children being cast into the chaos and turmoil of this life, helpless, innocent and unknowing. Here, too, we find the survival of the fittest, for all those not able to cope with realities and materialities of this life are eliminated at an early age.The second group represents the family group, the family being the basis of our civilization. You can see the little ones as they play happily at the feet of their parents, as their mother and dad go through life side by side. Next we find the two monks, which gives us our religious motif.The hooded monk with his eyes cast towards the heavens, represents the finer, the more humane the more charitable phases of religion. Next we see the man on the horse- the conqueror.Having achived the pinnacle of life he sits there very haughtily upon that stead, followed by his camp followers and preceded by his trumpeteers. Just below the trumpets are the two leaves in fond embrace.Looking closely, however, you can see the head of the third and jealous lover peering over their shoulders, completing the eternal triangle. Ahead of those you see an old man and old woman, bent over with age, leaning on the sholuders of a youth.These two old folks are no longer attracted to one another by the physical bonds of love, but they are bound together by the spiritual bonds which will take them, as you see them, hand in hand, to the last mile into the great unknown. Leaning on the shoulders of the youth reminds us that the aged must look to youth for material support as surely as youth must look to age for guidance and for knowledge. Then we see the three girls, who were posed for by the daughters of Lorado Tatt, and they represent the three graces, Faith, Hope and Charity.Following them you see what seems to be a void in the Statuue. Looking closely, however, you can make out the outline of an arm. This void represents a derelict, a wash-out. One that was born and went through whole course of life without doing himself, his fellow man, his brother any good.Without leaving a name behind for pasterity. We next see the old man with his arms outstretched, his palms upward, supplicating death. His life has been full, and good. He leaves his name for posterity and is ready and willing now to step off into the great unknown from whence he came, and claim whatever regard he may have earned. I repeat- "Time flies, you say? Alas, ah no! Time stays, for ' tis we who go."