Death
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Death

Original Name
The Pilgrim
Birth
Death
unknown
Monument
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA Add to Map
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Designed by Albin Polasek, former head of the Art Institute of Chicago's sculpture department, "The Pilgrim" is a bronze statue, now stained seaweed green. The life-size sculpture was commissioned as a memorial to Frantiska Stejskal, the mother of the Stejskal-Buchel families, and shows a woman walking toward the families' mausoleum. It's now sometimes simply called its nickname "Death" or "Walking Death". The figure's face is shrouded by a hood, but if you dare to take a peek beneath the hood, the statue is clearly a depiction of a woman. Although, tales and local legends have been told throughout the years of "The Pilgrim". One legend states that the image actually portrays "Death" itself and that anyone peering under the hood, looking at the face, will die within the year. While another legend says that if "The Pilgrim" woman ever reaches her destination and enters mausoleum, Doomsday has arrived.

Designed by Albin Polasek, former head of the Art Institute of Chicago's sculpture department, "The Pilgrim" is a bronze statue, now stained seaweed green. The life-size sculpture was commissioned as a memorial to Frantiska Stejskal, the mother of the Stejskal-Buchel families, and shows a woman walking toward the families' mausoleum. It's now sometimes simply called its nickname "Death" or "Walking Death". The figure's face is shrouded by a hood, but if you dare to take a peek beneath the hood, the statue is clearly a depiction of a woman. Although, tales and local legends have been told throughout the years of "The Pilgrim". One legend states that the image actually portrays "Death" itself and that anyone peering under the hood, looking at the face, will die within the year. While another legend says that if "The Pilgrim" woman ever reaches her destination and enters mausoleum, Doomsday has arrived.