single frame: Tiffany glass ceiling

Macy's Chicago

Tiffany glass ceiling
Canon PowerShot S95

If you’re ever in the cosmetics department at Macy’s, formerly Marshall Field’s, in Chicago, look up. This is what you’ll see.

This mosaic of iridescent glass was designed by none other than Louis Comfort Tiffany, of Tiffany & Co. in New York. 50 artisans labored on scaffolds for 18 months, laying 1.6 million pieces of glass over 6,000 square feet to realize Tiffany’s design. They finished their work in 1907.

It is jaw dropping.


8 responses to “single frame: Tiffany glass ceiling”

  1. Martin Cutrone Avatar
    Martin Cutrone

    Beautiful! I remember well when our important buildings like the local bank or City Hall were graced with art like this. Enjoy seeing your pics of Americana in your area. Inspiring.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I’m very happy you enjoy it!

  2. Susie Avatar

    Love this ceiling! Great shot 👍

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Thanks! So enjoy that building.

  3. Heide Avatar

    HOLY MOLY. That’s incredible, Jim. Wonderful shot!

    1. Jim Grey Avatar
  4. Nick Avatar

    Absolutely wonderful.

    These sprinkler jets do spoil it a bit though. It’s like drilling holes into Mona Lisa.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Yes, they do. Safety trumps art in a public space I suppose!

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