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  THE COLUMBUS QUADRIGA - This group of sculpture in staff stood on the arch pylon of the Lake Michigan Colonnade ("Peristyle"). It burned on the night of January 8, 1894, when the eastern end of the Court of Honor was destroyed. It was modeled in the Forestry Building by Daniel C. French and E. C. Potter at the same time the heroic horses and bulls for the basin were made by those collaborating sculptors. In its composition the creator of the colossal Republic Statue had share, so the statements that the Quadriga rivaled the Republic, and vice versa, lose force, because the same sculptor placed the two conspicuous objects on high in the east of the Court of Honor. A close view of the group is here afforded, with this exception, namely, that in addition to the four horses and three human figures plainly seen in the engraving, there appeared at the sides of the rear of the car two mounted couriers who supported standards of victory such as are usually held by the central effigy in such groups. Columbus rested on his sword, and two horses drew his chariot; these were led by two maidens, who also led two attendant steeds. This group cost $15,000. It recalls a similar ornamentation on the Brandenburg gate in Berlin. Placed on a point so well removed from the eye, its size might have been increased with good effect. It was a war figure, and the work "Quadriga" originally meant "a yoke of four" drawing a battle car.
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