Exhibits Of Art Work From Around Chicago.
Chicago boasts magnificent museums and galleries. Windy City visitors are often remiss in seeking out the most awe-inspiring artwork in the city. Covered by the clouds, standing alone and housed by skyscrapers and community, several compelling sculptures grace Chicago’s Loop.
Arguably the most famous of these installations is The Picasso at 50 W Washington St. Described by Picasso as a gift to the people of Chicago, this 50 foot tall, three dimensional, cubist sculpture has called Chicago home since 1967. Left untitled by the renowned artist, the sculpture is open to interpretation with many speculating it represents a woman’s profile or a bird shape.
Unveiled in 1974, Calder’s Flamingo is another Chicago Landmark. Located in Federal Plaza, the dynamic steel, vermilion creation doesn’t resemble a flamingo in color but is as sleek and striking as its aviary namesake. Standing 53 feet high, visitors enjoy walking around and through this commanding creation.
Across from City Hall stands the Monument with Standing Beast. This 29 foot abstract fiberglass structure by Jean Dubuffet is comprised of four elements that include an architectural form, a standing animal, a tree and a portal. Located at the James R. Thompson Center, this creation is designed to relate to the common man and complement its urban setting.
One of the newest sculptures found in the Loop is 1993′s Freeform that is located on the exterior facade of the State of Illinois Building. Designed by Richard Hunt, this expansive creation is 26 feet high and 35 feet wide. Though dwarfed by the building on which it is perched, visitors marvel at the intricate design, resembling flames.
The Loop has a wonderful collection of impressive art that can be seen for free any time of day or night. It behooves visitors to take the time to see what’s outside.