Public Art Program > Goldblatt's Building
1613-35 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
The historic Goldblatt Brothers Department Store building, constructed between 1921 and 1928, was the first store in the prominent regional department store chain founded by brothers Maurice and Nathan Goldblatt. The structure was designated a City Landmark in 1998 and underwent a complete renovation by the City of Chicago Public Building Commission. Goldblatt’s houses several City of Chicago department offices and the West Town Senior Satellite Center, operated by the Chicago Department of Family & Support Services.
1985, Wood and mixed media, H 16 in. x W 14 in. x D 20 in.
City of Chicago Public Art Collection
Chicago artist Don Baum builds miniature houses constructed from found objects such as feathers, hair, musical instruments and paint-by-number canvas boards. Through these intimately sized sculptures, all shaped like generic houses resting on breadboards, Baum explores the symbolic significance of the home. The home traditionally represents sanctuary, comfort and security. However, through his choice of materials, Baum toys with the viewer’s notions of the home and the safety and continuity it implies. His inspiration for the houses came from a text titled Montaillou, named after a medieval French village. In this text, he discovered the concept of the domus, a house that is at once a physical, psychological and moral entity. Drawing upon the theme of the domus, Baum’s houses (cobbled together from a wide array of disparate objects) stand testament to the capacity of a form to carry an infinite variety of meanings.
2004, Hosiery, wood and fasteners, H 41.5 in. x W 41.5 in. x D 6 in.
Build Your Ship
2004, Painted steel, H 62 in. x W 123 in. x D 13 in.
Snow Sculpture for Chicago
2004, Polystyrene, acrylic, brass, steel, epoxy, oil paint and resin, H 102 in. x W 163 in. x D 93 in.
Additional Artworks at the Goldblatt's Building
Mixed Media: Stephanie Brooks
Painting: Rodney Carswell
Photographs: Carlos Flores
Photograph: Jin Lee
Sculptures: Donald Lipski
Painting: James Lutes
Sculpture: Michael Piazza
Photographs: Art Shay
Painting: Christopher Tavares Silva
Mixed Media: Lane Twitchell