Oct 10, 2007

Sky Ride (Century of Progress Prints no. 1005)

Sky Ride (Century of Progress Prints no. 1005)


designed by

Walter Dorwin Teague

(American, 1883–1961)


Marshall Field & Co.

(American, Chicago, 1852–2005)

Plain weave silk, printed

Overall: 49.2 x 50.8 cm (19 3/8 x 20 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Edd A. Ruggles 1933.38



This printed silk square was designed by American industrial designer Walter Dorwin Teague (1883-1960) for the department store Marshall Field and Company. The abstract, geometric, architectural pattern was inspired by the Sky Ride towers at the Century of Progress exposition in Chicago (1933-34). Sky ride was a transporter bridge attraction that ferried visitors across the exposition fairgrounds. During its short installation Sky Ride carried more than 4 million passengers.

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