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Roosevelt has some unusual sculptures

Sculptures along Roosevelt Road consist of four types.
Sculptures along Roosevelt Road consist of four types.© 2014 Vernon Brookins

Chicago’s Roosevelt (This is other than Franklin Delano or Theodore.) has some unusual sculptures. The art is on Roosevelt Road between State Street and the Chicago River.

Roosevelt Road is 1200 South. In Cook County, this road extends from South Lake Shore Drive (on its eastern side) to the Tri-State Tollway (Interstate 294) on its western side in Westchester, Ill.) At Mannheim Road, this road also has the State Highway 38 designation.

For two-three blocks, the unusual art is on northern and southern sides. All of the sculptures have books in their compositions. However, you will be unable to turn the pages in these open books or read them because they are bronze.

There are four types: an open book, an open book with the Earth resting on it and three, prehistoric animals resting at the top of the Earth; an open book with the Earth resting on it and three, dolphins or porpoises resting at the top of the Earth; and an open book with what appears to be a Copernicus globe. All of these have bases at their bottoms. (The bases join with the art, and are of the same material—bronze.)

Open Book is about two feet wide and one foot in length. It appears to be open to the page which marks the middle of the book. The middle base is approximately ¾ the size of the open book above it. The bottom base is close to the size of the open book. All of this is on a concrete pedestal consisting of the top and bottom layers. The bottom part is approximately three feet tall.

Open Book-Earth and Prehistoric Animals has the Earth with approximately a 1¼ inch diameter. The three, prehistoric animals are a tyrannosaurus rex, a mastodon and a triceratops. The triceratops and the mastodon are approximately one inch in length. The tyrannosaurus rex is approximately one inch in height. The open book is resting on two, other, closed books that have their spines facing the viewer. The concrete pedestal is the same as in the previous sculpture.

Open Book-Earth with Dolphins (Porpoises) has the same measurements as the immediately aforementioned sculpture except that the sea animals are one inch in length. The open book rests on two, closed books with the spines facing the viewers. The concrete pedestal is the same as in the previous sculpture.

Open Book with Copernicus Celestial Globe uses a flattened disk instead of the Earth globe. This disk has a 1¾ inches diameter. Two rings surround the disk. The bases consisting of two, closed books and the concrete pedestal is the same as in the previous sculpture.