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In his young adulthood, artist Jack Nixon, began helping to recycle reusable building materials and old ornamentation from Chicago's classic gray and brownstone buildings. With an architectural drawing background, he began noticing the beautiful pre-WWII architecture in Chicago's downtown Loop. With the demolition of a graystone on Michigan Avenue to make way for a new building of glass and steel, Jack chose to draw the most beautiful buildings in Chicago to demonstrate his love for the losses of the Neoclassic, Gothic Revival, and Art Deco architecture he loves to study.
Nixon weaves a visual story of Chicago architecture and sculpture that amplifes perception of the city's stone, terra cotta, and bronze details that makes an unforgettable impression. Hopefully, it will become a learning experience of what we have as public decorative art, and what we could lose, in our changing cityscapes through the documentation and display of our most important urban sites in the best and most dramatic fashion possible to create powerful graphic displays of finely cut edifices, ornament, and sculpture that will heighten our aesthetic and enviromental sensibilities.
Architecture is the art that defines those sensibilities more than any other form of visual expression. Natural materials and elements of craftsmanship in ornament bring warmth and value to our urban surroundings. In the last four decades, an intensified interest in the preservation of our natural environment has evoked a broader understanding of environmental quality: environment is both natural and man-made. A sense of place and cultural continuity are increasingly accepted as genuine needs in American society. Equally widespread is the growing recognition that "quality of life" is intimately related to hospitable surroundings- in terms of scale, texture, and design. As we build structures that have few elements to celebrate our own humanity, we have grown to appreciate older buildings that relate more to us.