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Fountain of Time, Chicago

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Fountain of Time, or simply Time, is a sculpture by Lorado Taft, measuring 126ft in length, situated at the western edge of the Midway Plaisance within Washington Park in Chicago, Illinois, in the United States. This location is in the Washington Park community area on Chicago's South Side. Inspired by Henry Austin Dobson's poem "Paradox of Time", and with its 100 figures passing before Father Time, the work was created as a monument to the first 100 years of peace between the United States and the United Kingdom, resulting from the Treaty of Ghent in 1814. Although the fountain's water began running in 1920, the sculpture was not dedicated to the city until 1922. The sculpture is a contributing structure to the Washington Park United States Registered Historic District, which is a National Register of Historic Places listing.Part of a larger beautification plan for the Midway Plaisance, Time was constructed from a new type of molded, steel-reinforced concrete that was claimed to be more durable and cheaper than alternatives. It was said to be the first of any kind of finished work of art made of concrete. Before the completion of Millennium Park in 2004, it was considered the most important installation in the Chicago Park District. Time is one of several Chicago works of art funded by Benjamin Ferguson's trust fund.
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  • Located in Chicago's Washington Park, at 5900 South Cottage Grove Avenue, at the west end of the University of Chicago's Midway Plaisance, on a 367-acre expanse designed by Frederick Law Olmstead, sta...  more »
  • We could say the car accidentally on Payne Drive. It is near the University of Chicago. In autumn/winter is the fountain. Maintained the impressive sculptures. The sculptor has stuck to the back also added. The park around it is well worth it.
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  • Important public sculpture by Loredo Taft -- don't miss his Midway Studios building nearby -- it's right alongside the Logan Center.
  • Very calming and relaxing. City parks are always a beautiful site to see.

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