Wednesday, October 08, 2008

The Owl of Truth


The Chicago Library has the most amazing roofline! I stared at it for a while and finally decided I had to have a picture of it. It is powerful with its abstract wings and flares. It to beckon to you or perhaps threatens to pounce upon you with mighty steel talons. Only one problem. I couldn't figure out what it was! At first I thought it was the flame of truth. Then a gargoyle. Then both - imagine a flaming gargoyle! Finally, I asked a passerby and, lo and behold, I was told that the creatures on the ridgeline of the library are owls! In all fairness, the owls on the corners of the building look more owl-like but the one in the middle, while a bit cryptic, is magnificent!

2 comments:

MartininBroda said...

Frequently things are magnificent because they are cryptic, the obvious is often boring. It looks a little bit LOTRlike and it is magnificent. If I would make a post about a certain Mr. Gum (maybe in the near future) this is one of the pictures I would choose to introduce him. ;-)

Wave Shoppe said...

Aloha,
I grew up in Chicago and I must admit that I never knew those were owls. I hang my head in shame.

Mahalo for the education.

Charles