Even within what appears to be the rigid symmetry of the Michigan Avenue Bridge, a Sculptor makes decisions. Above, James Earle Fraser's "Discoverers" looks to the right -- that Guardian Angel leading the charge is headed straight toward Michigan Avenue. Henry Hering's work (below), "The Defenders" turns in upon itself, and is "at rest" on its Bridge Tower..
The difference in depictions of the Native Americans is also at variance. Hering's Indians attack. Fraser's are at ease. Docile. The truth may be somewhere in between.
Literally. This Colonial Dames of Ameria plaque is located on the bridge span itself. There are two. And both are of remarkable quality.
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