Louis Sullivan / Pair of Elevator Grilles / 1893 - 1894Louis Sullivan
Pair of Elevator Grilles
1893 - 1894

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Creator Name: Sullivan, Louis
Creator Nationality: North American; American
Creator Role: Designer
Creator Dates/Places: 1856 - 1924
Gender: M
Creator Name-CRT: Louis Sullivan
Title: Pair of Elevator Grilles
View: front
Creation Start Date: 1893
Creation End Date: 1894
Creation Date: 1893 - 1894
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Classification Term: Architectural
Materials and Techniques: cast and wrought iron, copper-plated wrought iron
Dimensions: H.118 x W.67 in., approximate, overall
AMICA Contributor: The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Owner Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
ID Number: 92.2a-i
Credit Line: The John R. Van Derlip Fund
Rights: http://www.artsmia.org/restrictions.html

The Chicago Stock Exchange Building, for which these grilles were made, was one of Adler and Sullivan's last commissions before the firm dissolved in 1895.

The repeating motif of spheres on the arms of an X within ovals inside a circle is echoed in the frieze above the grille and in the overgrille. Sullivan conceived this design as a series of "seed germs" bursting from their pods, an idea found in his prose poem "Inspiration," of 1886, in which he compared the metamorphosis of a seed into a plant to that of basic forms into a structure.

AMICA ID: MIA_.92.2a-i
Component Measured: overall
Measurement Unit: in
AMICA Library Year: 1998
Media Metadata Rights: ?The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

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