The chic Gods of Trade
printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
The Chicago Board of Trade Building resides at 141 W. Jackson Boulevard. Designed and constructed by John W. Holabird and John Wellborn Root Jr it was completed in 1930 and represents the zenith of Art Deco, a style that was hugely popular in Chicago in the late 20s and early 30s. It carries the same sense of streamlined vertical elegance as the NBC Tower in “Art Deco with fluffy cotton clouds.” It was constructed out of grey Indiana limestone and the most salient point of interest for this artist was the ornamentation on the facade over that gorgeous clock. On the left is a Mesopotamian farmer holding grain and on the right a Native American holding corn. Between them sits the Bold Eagle, that powerful symbol of American unity and purpose. Thus we have the three gods of trade. Why chic? Because we’re in Chicago, a stylish town by any standards! The whole image was worked and reworked in Photoshop to bring these three ‘gods’ to the fore and to stylise the background into an abstract pattern of shape and colour. What, by the way, happened at 11.18 am on the clock? Lots of little things if you care to google them. Meanwhile, just enjoy the print.