Jack Balas, 2011; CROWN HALL (#686); acrylic and ink on collaged papers; approx. 39" x 31"

"Crown Hall, 33rd & State, I.I.T., Chicago. No one, in those 1974 days, would have thought it possible to look back from almost 40 years with any sense of nostalgia on that stifling box of architecture school, except maybe when a scaffold came crashing down across our drafting tables when a window blew in in a storm, not ten minutes after we'd walked away for a Coke, my frat bro's and I. We thought ourselves lucky that day, but little did we realize how lucky we had been all along, every day till then and since... that we were in fact princes, if not already kings."