Iconic Art Work, Chicago Stock Exchange Sculpture "Global Vision" Up for Auction on eBay

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A sculpture originally commissioned from sculptor Lauren Grey for the re-dedication of the Chicago Stock Exchange in 1993 is now up for auction on eBay.

A sculpture originally commissioned from sculptor Lauren Grey for the re-dedication of the Chicago Stock Exchange in 1993 is now up for auction on eBay.

The 11’ x 11’ sculpture titled ‘Global Vision’ was first commissioned by then President and CEO of the Exchange Homer J. Livingston and unveiled on July 8, 1993 when the Midwest Stock Exchange decided to change its name back to the original name of Chicago Stock Exchange. “We asked Lauren Grey to design a piece that would reflect the energy of our members, as well as the growing international reputation of the Exchange,” said Livingston in 1993. “With ‘Global Vision’, Lauren has truly captured the interrelationship of art and business.”    

The work features three hand-hammered copper figures representing traders at work. Behind the traders are two large black acrylic arches. One depicts the original Chicago Stock Exchange building entranceway arch (now at the Art Institute), and the other the Exchange’s current logomark. All the elements are visually tied together by long acrylic rods which circle an elliptical globe and represent fiber optic communications lines spanning the globe.

Sculptor Lauren Grey credited her inspiration in part to her long association with the Exchange. She designed the corporate identity program when the Exchange moved from 120 S. LaSalle Street to 440 S. LaSalle in 1985, and also designed and developed the Visitor’s Gallery for the Exchange. She specializes in commission work for businesses and her work is held in collections in more than 40 countries. She maintains a studio in the Chicago area.

In April of 2009, the Chicago Stock Exchange cut its space at One Financial Place, giving up the trading floor it had built and occupied since 1985 as exchanges have gone electronic and no longer require massive trading floors. This meant not only giving up the 4th floor, but the Members’ Dining Room, the Visitor’s Gallery on the 5th floor (which had been closed since the attacks on 9/11), and also the Grand Staircase, which was the location of ‘Global Vision’.

The Exchange returned ‘Global Vision’ to sculptor Lauren Grey and, in a quest to find a new home for the sculpture, it is currently up for auction on eBay as item #360364678278.

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