"Public Art - Picasso Sculpture at the Daley Center" Top 5 Page for this destination Chicago Favorite Tip by yooperprof

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Favorite thing: Chicago - city of broad shoulders and bold Public art. And steel. Believe it or not, not so long ago they used to make a lot of steel in Chicago. So it's appropriate that the Daley Center Tower - housing courtrooms and offices for the city of Chicago - is a monument of the strength of Steel, and that the Picasso sculpture in the plaza in front of the building expresses the potential lyricism of Steel.

The Chicago Picasso is 50 feet tall and weighs in at 162 tones. It's certainly become one of the icons of modern Chicago. The sculpture has become a popular meeting place for rendez-vous downtown. Is it a woman? A dog? A horse or cow? Picasso never explains.

Back in the 1960s, when the piece was commissioned, Picasso was the world's most famous living artist. It wasn't a cheap piece! But Picasso was so pleased with the process of working with the city that he ended up donating it to Chicago.

The Chicago Picasso is on Washington Street, between Clark and Dearborn.

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  • Updated Dec 2, 2006
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