Art@Site Marc Chagall Four Seasons

Marc Chagall


Four Seasons

Exelon Plaza
Composed of thousands of inlaid chips in over 250 colors, Marc Chagall’s mosaic artwork The Four Seasons portrays six scenes of Chicago. It features a vocabulary of images informed by the artist’s Russian-Jewish heritage and found in his Surrealist paintings such as birds, fish, flowers, suns and pairs of lovers. Chagall maintained, 'the seasons represent human life, both physical and spiritual, at its different ages.' The design for this mosaic was created in Chagall’s studio in France, transferred onto full-scale panels and installed in Chicago with the help of a skilled mosaicist.
Chagall continued to modify his design after its arrival in Chicago, bringing up-to-date the areas containing the city’s skyline (last seen by the artist 30 years before installation) and adding pieces of native Chicago brick.
Four Seasons is a mosaic by Marc Chagall that is located in Chase Tower Plaza in the Loop district of Chicago, Illinois. The mosaic was a gift to the City of Chicago by Frederick H. Prince (via the Prince Charitable Trusts); it is wrapped around four sides of a 70 feet (21 m) long, 14 feet (4.3 m) high, 10 feet (3.0 m) wide rectangular box, and was dedicated on September 27, 1974. It was renovated in 1994 and a protective glass canopy was installed.
The mosaic was the subject of a 1974 documentary film, The Gift: Four Seasons Mosaic of Marc Chagall, directed by Chuck Olin.
Chagall was present when the mosaic was dedicated on September 27, 1974 . In fact he had arrived in Chicago several weeks earlier from his studio in France to oversee final details of this massive five-sided mosaic, which depicts the changing seasons of Chicago. He meticulously designed the 70-foot-long mosaic of countless thousands of tiles, which were then assembled by two assistants. The colorful glass and stone used to construct it came from Italy, France, Norway, Belgium, and Israel.
A month after Chagall was here, another of the 20th century's best-known artist, Alexander Calder, arrived at the Federal Center Plaza atop a white-and-gold circus wagon drawn by 40 horses to dedicate his bright red Flamingo a 35-ton steel sculpture.
It was initially left open to the elements. However in 1994 a protective glass canopy was installed .
It was a gift to the City of Chicago by the artist and his devoted friends, Chicago philanthropists William and Eleanor Wood Prince.