On the southwest side of Adams Street and Wabash Avenue in Chicago, near the top of a building, there are black & white graphic designs pertaining to the Applied Sciences, History, Performing Arts, Literature and Visual Arts. These pieces are graphic design because they include text/titles. Most of the pieces have this text overlaying photos.
o For the Applied Sciences, there is Psychology and Sigmund Freud. This piece is the easternmost of the seven pieces. Mr. Freud is staring at the photographer/viewer as if to psychoanalyze him/her.
o Performing Arts-Theater is the second graphic design from the left. The two, classical masks representing Theater appear underneath “Theater.” These masks represent comedy and tragedy, respectively.
o History is the third graphic design from the left, and Abraham Lincoln is the exhibited representative, sitting below “History.” (Lincoln’s statue is in Chicago’s Grant Park and Chicago’s Lincoln Park.) Twelve lines of Lincoln’s, famous speech, the Gettysburg Address, is visible in the top portion of this graphic design. “History” in white overlays this speech’s excerpt, which is in black type.
o Computer Science, another Applied Science, is the single graphic design on this wall that may not have a photo. (It is the fourth from the left.) The bottom layer showing the binary language may be numeric type instead of a photograph of numbers–0101010101. This is the binary language.
o Literature is the fifth graphic design from the left, and William Shakespeare is the exhibited representative. Shakespeare fans will recognize this Shakespeare portrait. The original was a painting since photography was not known during The Bard’s era.
o Mathematics, another Applied Science, is the sixth graphic design from the left. The bottom layer appears to be a photo of mathematical symbols and equations on a blackboard. You will not see E-mc2.
o The seventh and last graphic design is Visual Art. Vincent van Gogh is the representative. Photography was just becoming acceptable during van Gogh’s time, so all images of him are portraits.
Psycholgy and Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud’s image is most likely a photograph because during this neurologists time photography was becoming widely accepted. (It was certainly a black & white photo instead of a color photo.)
Classical Performing Arts Masks
Representing comedy and drama, these are the classical representations for Theater and the Performing Arts. Ancient Greece was the country that founded this art form.
History, Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address is one of the most famous speeches in the world. In this graphic design the first, 12 lines appear in the upper area.
Applied Science-Computer Science
Computer Science is an Applied Science. This graphic design displays the binary language. (Those round symbols are zeros not Os.Most humans cannot communicate using their vocal chords and the binary language.)
Literature and William Shakespeare
“To be or not to be” was certainly a question facing the graphic designer that created this piece. (It is highly unlikely that the graphic designer’s name was Yorick, Macbeth, Hamlet, Othello, Desdemona, Romeo or Juliet.
Here, 2+2 is not obvious as 4. Nonetheless, mathematics is obvious. Those are mathematical symbols and equations on a blackboard. The background likely began as a photograph.
Visual Arts-Vincent van Gogh
Did not Vincent van Gogh cut off one of his ears or ear lobes? If so, it is not obvious in this portrait. His portrait originated as a painting, not a photograph.