Sunday, October 10, 2010

Silurian Seat

Over by Navy Pier is an art installation that is called the Water Marks Mosaic Sculptures that celebrate the Illinois and Michigan Canal. The I and M Canal was a major water route for the early traders and pioneers as it connected Lake Michigan to the Illinois River. It was instrumental in Chicago's development as a major city and trading hub.

The Silurian Seat portion of the sculpture is a bench that represents the pre-civilized Chicago landscape; images show the glaciers and subsequent tall grass prairies, fossils, plants, and people who lived in the area, built and used the I&M Canal.

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