Nine Dragon Wall, 2004


A shortened version of a famous glazed tile wall in Beijing's Forbidden City, sponsored by the Chinatown Chamber of Commerce.  Although meant as a focus of community pride and as a tourist attraction, the wall serves another function in the eyes of traditionalists.  The wall lies across the exit of the I-55/I-90 feeder ramp which is positioned so as to produce much bad feng shui if not for the powerful protective influence of a wall with no fewer than nine imperial dragons.  The tiles were made in China and construction was by specialists from that country.

Dragon Wall angle