"Chicagoua" - The Wild Ramp
A signed giclée print, 11" x 14" on natural tone, heavyweight (285 gsm) 100% cotton archival paper.
Chicago is named for a wild ramp (scientific name, "Allium tricoccum") that once grew in abundance along the Desplaines River. "Chicagoua" was the native tribes' word for the ramp and the river, French settlers noted it in expedition journals, and it was placed on the map. A city grew up on the spot and made that name famous.
This is my artistic tribute to the wild ramp that the city is named for. Some people call it a wild onion, or wild leek. I drew this in the form of a scientific botanical illustration, aiming for precision and an overview of the plant's forms and cycle.
For more on this amazing plant, check out the always-illuminating Chicago Aussie's video all about it on his Youtube channel (and don't forget to subscribe).