Chicago Rising From the Lake is a sculpture created by Russian-born artist Milton Horn in 1954, the year of my birth. Viewed from the front, the woman looks like a hearty Midwestern, but viewed from below looking up, the woman looks a figure that would adorn a Buddhist temple. As is often the case with artists, Horn's wife Estelle served as the model for the sculpture. Not pictured in the photograph is a large steer.
The sculpture weights 3.5 tons. Horn was paid $5,000 for the commission. It originally was installed on the face of a parking lot structure. In 1983, it went missing. It was rediscovered in 1997 by a firefighter. In 1998, it was installed at its present location at a cost of $60,000.
Like many public works of art in Chicago, Horn's sculpture is easily missed, hidden on the north side of Chicago River, on the northwest side of the Columbus Avenue bridge.
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Source for Facts: Hal Dardick, Public-Art Puzzle Set to Be Completed, Chicago Tribune (June 4, 2004).
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