May 1st, 2013 is the 120th anniversary of the opening of the 1893 Chicago World's Fair entitled The World's Columbian Exposition.
The Exposition was a moment of great triumph for the city of Chicago (which beat out NY, DC, and St. Louis for the honor of hosting) to show it had risen from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire which happened just 20 years earlier. 46 nations participated in the festivities and over 25 million people visited the Expo while it was open.
The Exposition "had a profound effect on architecture, the arts, Chicago's self-image, and American industrial optimism." General Electric powered the entire expo, while Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla each had exhibitions demonstrating their fantastical electrical devices.
My bottle design pays homage to the heritage of the great city of Chicago, a city that is always building, always looking forward.
My design showcases the centerpiece of the World's Columbian Exposition, the Administration Building (backside of bottle); the Statue of the Republic (front of bottle) gazes across the water at the lights and electricity of Chicago.