This art work is a series of still pictures that were taken in 1871 in Chicago. They were taken after the great Chicago fire by George N. Barnard. The image depicts the total devastation on a level that the American people have rarely seen inside the United States. More than 300 people were killed in this fire and over 100,000 people were left homeless. The images are said to be of a 4-square-mile radius but seem to stretch as far as the eye can see. This image depicts a city that was once thriving now decimated physically, and financially as evident in its gutted and exposed framework. The once bustling city that was for a time a hub for business and commerce now resembles a war zone. I believe this art work serves as a message to what people can achieve if they come together in a time of need: within a few years the people of Chicago had rebuilt the city bigger and better than it had been before. I was drawn to this piece of art for personal reasons.  I am a native of Chicago, but the main reason is a sense of true horror at the thought of the scene. This tragedy was well before my time, and I can only try to imagine the pain and shock the citizens of Chicago felt; however, the resilience of their spirits is still something that I continue to see in action today. After all, the city is fondly known as The City of Broad Shoulders.
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