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Art in Artifacts - Where History Meets Art - Elgin History Museum Wall Art

These images were made exclusively for the exhibit, "Art in Artifacts - Where History Meets Art", at the Elgin History Museum in Elgin Illinois, running June 2020 through May 2021. For several years as a volunteer, I have been photographing archived artifacts for the museum's on-line catalog. The artifacts are quite varied and tell the story of a time, person, place, or event in Elgin history. Those photos are strictly "record" shots. But, for this exhibit I added my personal artistic expression to the images. Some are abstract macro views. Others emphasize patterns, textures, and juxtaposed shapes. There are digitally manipulated pieces meant to be whimsical. Several simply highlight the skill of the artisan who created the item years ago. In many cases the design elements of the object tell us something about the history of the period in which the object was created. All of the images are meant to help us see more than the historical context of everyday objects, and illustrate how every item has its own intrinsic beauty. These images make great wall art, but also work very well on all of the products offered here. Special thanks to Elgin History Museum Director, Elizabeth Marston, and Curator, Beth Nawara, for enthusiastically endorsing the concept for the exhibit, and for allowing me access to the museum's archives. Thanks also to Elgin Historical Society Board of Directors for authorizing the exhibit.

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Flowing Glass Print by Ira Marcus

Flowing Glass

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Aging Design Print by Ira Marcus

Aging Design

Ira Marcus

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One in a Million Print by Ira Marcus

One in a Million

Ira Marcus

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Faces of Time Print by Ira Marcus

Faces of Time

Ira Marcus

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Elgin Fire Print by Ira Marcus

Elgin Fire

Ira Marcus

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Clockworks Print by Ira Marcus

Clockworks

Ira Marcus

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High Noon Print by Ira Marcus

High Noon

Ira Marcus

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Linear Textures Print by Ira Marcus

Linear Textures

Ira Marcus

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Patina Print by Ira Marcus

Patina

Ira Marcus

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Tied Up Print by Ira Marcus

Tied Up

Ira Marcus

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Compact Beauty Print by Ira Marcus

Compact Beauty

Ira Marcus

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Watchworks I Print by Ira Marcus

Watchworks I

Ira Marcus

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Happy Spokes Print by Ira Marcus

Happy Spokes

Ira Marcus

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Field Glass Print by Ira Marcus

Field Glass

Ira Marcus

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Elgin Eagle Print by Ira Marcus

Elgin Eagle

Ira Marcus

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Medal of Service Print by Ira Marcus

Medal of Service

Ira Marcus

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Connected Print by Ira Marcus

Connected

Ira Marcus

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Knob Up Print by Ira Marcus

Knob Up

Ira Marcus

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Made in the USA Print by Ira Marcus

Made in the USA

Ira Marcus

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Time Warp Print by Ira Marcus

Time Warp

Ira Marcus

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Sealed Print by Ira Marcus

Sealed

Ira Marcus

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Patina Magic Print by Ira Marcus

Patina Magic

Ira Marcus

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Elgin Queen Cycle Print by Ira Marcus

Elgin Queen Cycle

Ira Marcus

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Frayed Print by Ira Marcus

Frayed

Ira Marcus

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Colorful Craters Print by Ira Marcus

Colorful Craters

Ira Marcus

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