Chicago, Illinois: Our Fore Father's Hands

Obscure 2002 artwork in an industrial area; large steel hands protrude from an anvil, honoring the hands of "our fore father's." Sculptured by Philip C. Larson, blacksmithing by Adam Koperny. A tribute to "the greatest artists of all."

Address:
824 S. Central Ave., Chicago, IL
Directions:
West side of the city. You have to enter from northbound Central Ave. (there's a frontage road), then turn left and cross over Central Ave. on the bridge. The monument will be straight ahead, on the north side of the building, across from the train tracks.
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Fore Fathers.

Our Fore Father's Hands

Our Fore Father's Hands.

[Craig Grondfeldt, 12/22/2021]

A blacksmith character with tongs for a head is poised to strike a metal ring held on his anvil. Human hands protrude from the anvil to hold the plaque.

Fore Father's Hands.

Fore Father's Hands

Assorted metalwork outside of the Anderson Shumaker facility, designed and sculptured by Philip C. Larson. There are also interesting views of abandoned trackage and the long-vacant Central Avenue Blue Line L stop from this location.

[Keith Yearman, 04/21/2020]

The monument, dedicated in 2002, was once credited to the Larson Forge Heritage, but that text has since been covered over.


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