About Midway Gardens Poetry Nymph Statue – Frank Lloyd Wright
This hand-painted resin Midway Gardens Poetry Nymph Statue by YTC Summit represents one of the sprite sculptures commissioned to Alfonso Iannelli by Frank Lloyd Wright for Chicago’s Midway Gardens built in 1913 and demolished in 1929. About the length of a double city block, Chicago’s Midway Gardens were commissioned by Edward Waller to Frank Lloyd Wright, with the purpose of serving as a European-Style concert garden which would allow for year-round dining, and entertainment. Its southwest corner featured the Summer Garden, an open interior courtyard for dancing and eating. On the opposite side, the Winter Garden included arcades, cantilevered balconies and a roof balcony that would allow for year-round dining and dancing. Frank Lloyd Wright commissioned the sculptor Alfonso Iannelli to design a series of sculptures called sprites that would punctuate and decorate the property. Greatly affected by World War I, the prohibition and passing through multiple owners, in 1929 the Midway Gardens were permanently closed and demolished. Attesting to the rigidity of Frank Lloyd Wright’s construction, the demolition process proved so difficult that the demolition company was sent into bankruptcy. More details on Midway Gardens Poetry Nymph Statue – Frank Lloyd Wright:
- Dimensions: 18.5″H x 5.25″L x 5″W inches.
- Weight: 7.5 lbs (est)
- Materials: Hand Painted Resin.
- Original Design: Alfonso Iannelli commissioned by Frank Lloyd Wright for Chicago’s Midway Gardens (Demolished 1929)
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