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"Public Art - Deer at the Aon Center Plaza" Top 5 Page for this destination Aon Center Tip by yooperprof

Aon Center, Chicago: 5 reviews and 9 photos

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by yooperprof

Favorite thing: Here's a little known corner of Chicago. At the base of the rather forbidding Aon Center tower is a small sculpture garden - in one of which stands a small grove of trees. There you will find these three metalic deer, seeming to chomp away at the foiliage.

At first I thought they were horses - but what would horses be doing in the middle of a clump of trees?

Anyway, they are the work of Chicago-based sculptor John Kearney (1924- ). Kearney was educated at the Cranbrook Academy in Michigan, and the University per Stranieri in Perugia Italy, and was the co-founder (in 1950) of the Contemporary Art Workshop here in Chicago. Apparently, he learned how to weld when he was in the US Navy during World War II!

Another one of his heroic animals, the Moose on the Loose, can currently (2007) be seen in front of the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue. Itsfunhavingfun (Kevin) tells me that there are other pieces of his scattered throughout Chicagoland.

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  • Written Jul 10, 2007
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