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Is it a dog? A Monkey? Picasso's wife? As it is unnamed, it is up to the viewer to decide.

Located in Daley Plaza, the Picasso was unveiled on August 15, 1967. Many people were aghast, a local alderman suggested the sculpture be deported and replaced with a statue to Ernie Banks ("Mr. Cub", played for the Chicago Cubs). But as with many things, Chicagoans have gotten used to the Picasso and perhaps have even grown fond of it .

The sculpture is 50 feet high and weighs 162 tons. Fabricated by the U. S. Steel Corporation, the sculpture was completely pre-assembled in Gary, Indiana, disassembled, shipped to the Civic Center (now the Daley Center), and reassembled in its final form. Picasso refused a fee for his work but preferred to give the design and the model as a gift to the people of Chicago.

Insider tip if you look at the sculpture from the backside, you can see a woman's face, it's said to be the artist's wife. Look at the second photo, see the hair, nose and mouth?

The four major pieces of public art in Chicago are within walking distance of one another. If you start at the Daley Center to see the Picasso, the Miro sculpture is across the street and Chagall's Four Seasons and Calder's Flamingo can be visited by heading south on Dearborn St.

Address: Daley Plaza
Directions: Between Clark and Dearborn, near Washington Street.

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  • Updated Feb 12, 2007
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