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Morgan Station at night was uploaded to Flickr

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West Loop

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I took Morgan Station at night on June 03, 2012 at 04:15PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 23, 2016 at 12:13AM

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April 22nd, 2016 at 11:32 pm

El Ray – Giant Olmec Head was uploaded to Flickr

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Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin

In November 2008, LLILAS celebrated the arrival of a special work of art on campus. The Universidad Veracruzana, one of Mexico’s most prominent universities, presented the institute with a colossal Olmec head, a replica of the iconic sculpture known as San Lorenzo Monument 1, or El Rey.

The original, now housed in the Museo de Antropología in Xalapa, Veracruz, is considered a signature piece of pre-Columbian Olmec culture and a world-class art object that represents New World civilization as emblematically as the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán or the ruins of Machu Picchu. One of seventeen colossal heads still in existence, San Lorenzo Monument 1 was found by noted archaeologist Matthew Stirling in the 1940s. His discoveries, and those of other archaeologists in Mexico during this time, unearthed for the world the culture of the Olmec, an ancient civilization that flourished in southern Mexico 1500-400 BCE and significantly influenced later cultures such as the Maya and Aztec.

The replica that now sits at the entry to LLILAS and the Benson Latin American Collection is made of solid stone and weighs 36,000 pounds. It was sculpted by Ignacio Pérez Solano, a Xalapa-based artist, who has spent his career exploring the history of the Gulf Coast and Mesoamerica. Pérez Solano meticulously reproduced San Lorenzo Monument 1 inch by inch, recreating the powerful lines and imposing features of the original work.

Pérez Solano began creating replicas of Olmec heads under the initiative of Miguel Alemán Velasco, who as governor of Veracruz from 1998 to 2004 endeavored to make Olmec culture better known beyond the borders of Mexico. Reproductions of other colossal heads can be found at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Field Museum in Chicago, among other locations. Miguel Alemán Velasco was present for the dedication ceremony at LLILAS on November 19, 2008, which also featured remarks by UT President William Powers and his counterpart, Raul Arias Lovillo of the Universidad Veracruzana. Fidel Herrera Beltrán, current Governor of Veracruz, also spoke, as did Olmec scholars from the U.S. and Mexico.
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I took El Ray – Giant Olmec Head on July 20, 2014 at 08:41AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 10, 2016 at 10:25PM

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April 10th, 2016 at 9:40 pm

Others Will Go On was uploaded to Flickr

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Halsted and Chicago Ave. Faux-infrared effect via Photoshop

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I took Others Will Go On on April 25, 2014 at 12:48PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 09, 2016 at 10:40AM

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April 9th, 2016 at 9:48 am

Will You Leave For A Thousand Years? was uploaded to Flickr

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Civic Opera building, West Loop, Chicago

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I took Will You Leave For A Thousand Years? on April 23, 2014 at 09:45AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 09, 2016 at 10:05AM

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April 9th, 2016 at 9:48 am

As Though Nothing Was Wrong was uploaded to Flickr

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balcony, Lincoln Park somewhere near (or in) Terra Cotta Row.


Founded in Chicago in 1878 by a group of investors including John R. True, this company became a major producer of terra cotta trimmings used by the construction industry. By the early 1890s, when Northwestern Terra Cotta employed approximately 500 men, annual sales approached $600,000. By 1910, its large plant at Clybourn and Wrightwood Avenues had about 1,000 workers. The popularity of placing terra cotta moldings on building facades peaked in the 1920s, and Northwestern Terra Cotta led the way, in Chicago and around the country. Around this time, the company opened plants in St. Louis and Denver. Beginning with Louis Sullivan earlier in the century, prominent Chicago architects like Frank Lloyd Wright had extensive contracts with the company. Included among the many landmark Chicago buildings for which Northwestern supplied extensive decorative moldings were the Civic Opera House, the Chicago Theater, the Wrigley Building, and the Randolph Tower. Northwestern’s operations in Chicago declined alongside the construction industry during Great Depression and never returned to their 1920s levels. In 1965, Northwestern Terra Cotta Co.’s only remaining plant, in Denver, closed.

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I took As Though Nothing Was Wrong on April 19, 2014 at 07:38AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on April 03, 2016 at 11:04PM

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April 3rd, 2016 at 10:13 pm

Thought It Wouldn’t Matter was uploaded to Flickr

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fountain, Peggy Notebaert Museum, Chicago

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I took Thought It Wouldn’t Matter on February 20, 2016 at 09:55AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 24, 2016 at 06:27AM

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February 24th, 2016 at 6:41 am

You Wanted To Disappear was uploaded to Flickr

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Foggy afternoon, Chicago

(The sculpture is called Progress Lighting the Way for Commerce)

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I took You Wanted To Disappear on September 12, 2009 at 05:14AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 19, 2016 at 09:27AM

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February 19th, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Snowy Evening Under the El Tracks was uploaded to Flickr

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January, 2011, to be more precise

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I took Snowy Evening Under the El Tracks on February 01, 2011 at 06:06PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 03, 2016 at 10:30AM

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February 3rd, 2016 at 10:39 am

You Cannot Truly Escape was uploaded to Flickr

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Cook County Forest Preserve somewhere

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I took You Cannot Truly Escape on August 11, 2011 at 04:44AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on February 02, 2016 at 01:28PM

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February 2nd, 2016 at 1:53 pm

Andrew and Phil in the Neon Light was uploaded to Flickr

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Lockhart, TX

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I took Andrew and Phil in the Neon Light on January 16, 2016 at 02:32PM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 25, 2016 at 10:54AM

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January 25th, 2016 at 10:59 am

David Bowie Is…Waiting was uploaded to Flickr

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From the 2014 retrospective at the MCA Chicago

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I took David Bowie Is…Waiting on November 09, 2014 at 07:19AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on January 11, 2016 at 10:02AM

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January 11th, 2016 at 11:42 am

Americana Submarine with Cigars was uploaded to Flickr

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Clark and Van Buren, under the El tracks

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I took Americana Submarine with Cigars on November 29, 2015 at 06:27AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 31, 2015 at 12:15PM

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December 31st, 2015 at 12:25 pm

Sun Setting On A Sacred Cow was uploaded to Flickr

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The Prentice Women’s Hospital and Maternity Center, now demolished.

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I took Sun Setting On A Sacred Cow on September 30, 2012 at 11:05AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 20, 2015 at 04:17PM

You Got To Move was uploaded to Flickr

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State St, I think

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I took You Got To Move on June 02, 2010 at 07:58AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 12, 2015 at 10:56AM

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December 12th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

An Image of Metaphors was uploaded to Flickr

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rain droplets on my back porch

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I took An Image of Metaphors on September 12, 2015 at 11:29AM

and processed it in my digital darkroom on December 06, 2015 at 05:59PM

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December 6th, 2015 at 12:07 pm