Marshall Fields & Company is a renowned department store in Chicago, Ill. In downtown Chicago between Randolph Street and Washington Street (These streets go east and west.) and State Street and Wabash Avenue (These streets go north and south.), Marshall Fields & Company creates and displays Christmas art exhibits every year. For 2015, they have a Christmas, astronomy theme.
This year’s theme involves the solar system, particularly the eight planets. (Remember, Pluto lost its planetary status.) In eight windows along State Street are Earth, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter-Saturn and Uranus-Neptune, not necessarily in that order.
In the Mercury display window, the dominant, graphic element is a room consisting of a human child sitting on a bed, and various items: posters, telescope, toys, etc. scattered in the room’s interior. In this composition’s, right, upper area, Santa, who is riding in an unorthodox sleigh, circles an Earth representation with his reindeer. (Santa and his reindeer are not miniature, frozen, living figures because viewers can see strings holding them to the top of the display case.
The Venus display window shows what could pass for Santa’s workshop on Venus; there is an overall, yellowish hue to signify Venus’, high temperatures and/or corrosive, atmospheric content. This depiction shows at least three elves and many toys. Santa appears to have lost some weight.
In the Earth display window, Santa, his sleigh and his reindeer are on the left, middle and left, front side. An Earth representation featuring recognizable, Chicago buildings is on the right middle and right, front side. Our Moon, which is in the upper, middle left has a Christmas Tree embedded into its surface.
Red, like the dominant, visible color on Mars, is the dominant color in the Mars display window. The red and white colors of candy canes in ribbon form swirl around an Olympus Mons representation. There appears to be the Mars rover and at least two Martians in this display.
In the Jupiter-Saturn display window are three, helmeted figures: Santa, a human male and a dog. The Jupiter planet representation has its usual reddish-orange hue as it appears larger (accurately) than Saturn. Saturn’s rings are absent; many white, glowing, pebbly items must represent its rings.
The Uranus-Neptune display windows has Santa and his reindeer in the upper, left area, but the dominant, graphic elements are the Uranus and Neptune personifications. These entities are in a snowball fight. Their enormous figures dwarf domed, crystalline cities.
Although Marshall Fields & Company’s department store displays art in their windows throughout the year, Christmas art has the Fantasy Style. (Apparel displays consisting of clothes on dummies appear throughout most of the year, and as such are three-dimensional, fashion commercials with the Realism Style.) This year’s displays may be the most fantastical ever.