Monday, October 03, 2011

Another Chicago landmark: a 50' steel sculpture by Picasso

Chicago Picasso by
Chicago Picasso, a photo by on Flickr.

The Chicago Picasso is an untitled monumental sculpture by Pablo Picasso in Chicago, Illinois, says Wikipedia.

The sculpture, dedicated on August 15, 1967, in Daley Plaza in the Chicago Loop, is 50 feet (15.2 m) tall and weighs 162 tons.[1]

The Cubist sculpture by Picasso was the first such major public artwork in Downtown Chicago, and has become a well known landmark.

Picasso was offered payment of $100,000 but refused it, stating that he wanted to make a gift of his work.[4]

It is known for its inviting jungle gym-like characteristics.[2] Visitors to Daley Plaza can often be seen climbing on and sliding down the base of the sculpture.