Friday, November 03, 2006

Sculpture in the Sterling Morton Library

Created by noted sculptor Sylvia Shaw Judson, the Rain Tree Fountain is on display in the Sterling Morton Library. A memorial to two of Joy Morton's granddaughters, this bronze-cast fountain once flowed on the grounds of The Morton Arboretum at Thornhill where the Four Seasons Garden is currently located. Born and raised in Lake Forest, Judson was the daughter of noted Chicago architect Howard Van Doren Shaw. Other significant and familiar commissions by Judson include the large acorns found in Arbor Court that once marked the Arboretum’s entrance gates and the Bird Girl used on the cover of the book Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil.

In addition to this sculpture, the Library has the following resources on the work of Sylvia Shaw Judson:

  • The "Bird girl" : the story of a sculpture by Sylvia Shaw Judson
  • For gardens and other places : the sculpture of Sylvia Shaw Judson
  • A brief article in The Morton Arboretum Quarterly, v. 6, no. 2, p. 26-27 (Summer 1970).

Stop by the Library to view this spirited work by an Illinois artist!

The Sterling Morton Library is open Tuesday-Friday from 9-5 and Saturday from 10-4.

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