Fountain of the Great Lakes

The Fountain of the Great Lakes is a sculpture created by Lorado Taft between 1907 and 1913.

It’s in the South Stanley McCormick Memorial Garden at the Art Institute of Chicago just south of the famed

lions  that guard the front doors to the world-class art museum.

The garden is tucked back away from Michigan Avenue and it’s a beautiful place to relax after spending the day

looking at great art at the AIC

They had just painted the bottom of the pool under the fountain a beautiful shade of blue when I made this image.
















The image below is a Polaroid emulsion lift. The hand reaching is a detail of the Fountain of the Lakes sculpture.

The original image was on 35mm transparency film.

I rephotographed it onto Polaroid type 669 peel apart film by using a Daylab.

Then I floated the Polaroid emulsion off its paper base and onto watercolor paper.

To get the handmade image onto this site, I rephotographed the emulsion transfer with

a Canon 5D MKIII HDSLR – a photograph of a photograph of a photograph.

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

©David Moenkhaus












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Lorado Taft

Lorado Taft
















Here’s a wordless but interesting video tutorial on emulsion lifts by Constantin Litvak 




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