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Friday, August 12, 2005

Dream Garden

This amazing work of art is in the lobby of the building I work in. I walk by it several times each day. In the part of the picture you can't see are some stone benches where I always see people sitting or even laying down napping (I think that's a little odd). Also, there are always people taking pictures of it. Not crowds or anything, but more often then not you will see tourists wondering in to stare at it and take a few photos.

There's so much detail in it. The pictures don't do it any justice because you can't really see all the small pieces of glass. And that's pretty cool too because from a distance or through the lens of a 5 year old camera, you see it all as one. It's really big too. If you want to get a good look at the whole thing, you have to get close and do it in sections.

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Dream Garden is an enormous glass mosaic designed by artist Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966), and executed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and Tiffany Studios, for the lobby of the Curtis Publishing Building in Philadelphia, home of the successful magazines The Ladies' Home Journal and The Saturday Evening Post. The work was commissioned by Edward Bok, Senior Editor of the Curtis Publishing Company. Over a one-month period, prior to being installed in the Curtis Building, the work was exhibited at Tiffany Studios in New York City, attracting more than 7,000 admirers and garnering widespread critical acclaim. The Dream Garden took six months to install into its home in Philadelphia.
Measuring 15 by 49 feet, Dream Garden was produced by the Tiffany Studios in 1916, using over 100,000 pieces of favrile glass, each hand-fired to achieve perfection in each of the 260 colors. The partnership of Tiffany and Parrish had been called "one of the major artistic collaborations in early 20th Century America."