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New 'Chicago Works' Sculptures Show Off City's Industrious Past

By David Matthews | October 24, 2016 5:51am
 Two new sculptures outside the hotel show off the city's industrious past. 
Chicago Works sculpture at Fairmont Hotel
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DOWNTOWN — New art near Millennium Park shows why Chicago is the city that works. 

"Chicago Works," two new sculptures by Dallas artist Brad Oldham and his partner Christy Coltrin, capture the city's industrious past outside the Fairmont Chicago, 200 N. Columbus Drive. 

The 10-foot by 12-foot plaques tell two stories: one of construction crews building a skyscraper near the Chicago River, and another featuring the Wrigley Building. Both scenes are set in the 1920s.

"Chicago is a global city where people step up to work and have built a place where the American Dream lives on," Oldham said in a statement.

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The sculptures are cast in aluminum but finished with bronze. Oldham, of Brad Oldham architecture, regularly makes sculptures for hotels including the new Conrad Chicago in River North and the Intercontinental on Michigan Avenue. 

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