Concrete & Grassland

New Chicago       Linda Strowbridge  •  Owings Mills, Maryland, USA

New Chicago
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48 x 31 inches

Moving from tranquil Nova Scotia to the heart of Chicago a few years ago, I felt like I had been catapulted into another world. There were crowds, grit, and noise. But there was also architecture — captivating, diverse, boundless architecture. I walked the city, soaking up the features of historic buildings, modern structures, industrial sites, homes with character, and even properties that were falling into rack and ruin.

Many of the architectural features I adored were embodied in the city’s bridge tender houses — those tiny structures that contain the mechanisms that operate the lift bridges along the Chicago River. Ornate, historic, modern, decaying, and fundamentally industrial, they succinctly depicted this new world that I adored.

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