Gordon Parks Arts Hall, Chicago

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Dave Kaleta has created a stunning replica of the Gordon Parks Arts Hall in Chicago. Gordon Parks (November 30, 1912 – March 7, 2006), for those of us who don’t want to read Wikipedia, was a photographer, musician, writer and film director originally from Kansas. He’s best known for amazing photographic essays in Life magazine and for directing the 1971 film, Shaft.

The George Lucas Family Foundation committed $25 million to the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools in support of the schools’ new arts hall. They also requested the new hall be named in honor of George Parks. For more information, have a look at this article from the Chicago Times.

The construction of the actual facility is still underway in Chicago, but the artist rendering below will help you compare the model.

The model was built as a gift for George Lucas and Mellody Hobson. Dave has done an incredible job of capturing the details of the original structure, and the Lucas family is lucky to have this as a gift.

Gordon Parks Arts Hall - Northwest corner

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