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Public Arts in Chicago

Picasso Public Arts in Chicago

Picasso / Public Arts in Chicago.

The streets are abounding with public arts in Chicago. They’re  installed by really famous artists—from Picasso to Chagall to Miro to Kapoor. And if you are an able traveller, you can actually walk to all of these public arts from one street to another. Somehow, these arts blend with their kind of environment where they are installed and they create a feeling that they’ve been there standing with the people of Chicago–no matter what. They’re indispensable parts of the city in which if one is taken out, the city’s broken with an arm or a leg.

Here are some of the  Public Arts you should see when visiting the Windy City.

Picasso Sculpture Chicago Public Arts in Chicago

Picasso / Public Arts in Chicago

THE PICASSO – Nobody really knows what Picasso was trying to portray here. As most of his works, the image of the statue is distorted but you can quiet guess it’s a woman. This is even untitled. People just call it as, The Picasso. The Spanish artist gave it to the people of Chicago for free. It stands at 50 feet tall.

If you are a fan of Picasso, head to the Chicago Arts Institute for a special exhibition of his works.

Miro Chicago Public Art Sun Moon One Star Public Arts in Chicago

Joan Miro / Public Arts in Chicago.

THE SUN, THE MOON AND ONE STAR. Joan Miro’s art piece is known to the local as Miro’s Chicago. It’s across where The Picasso is located. It’s an expensive statue that cost more than $250,000. 

Four Seasons Marc Chagall Chicago Public Art

Marc Chagall / Public Arts in Chicago.

FOUR SEASONS. This grand mosaic is a gift from the artist himself, Marc Chagall, who also crafted America Windows that is a permanent fixture at Chicago Institute. If you go around this mosaic, you can see the different mood, environment, feelings and activities that people do in each season.

Monument with Standing Beast Chicago Public Art Jean Dubuffet

Jean Dubuffet / Public Arts in Chicago.

MONUMENT WITH STANDING BEAST. This fiber glass piece is a work of French artist, Jean Dubuffet. I have to go around it to figure out the standing beast. Though it looks more like a puzzle to me, the locals call it, “Snoopy in a Blender.” Now, that’s some kind of name! 

Flamingo Public Arts in Chicago

Alexander Calder / Public Arts in Chicago.

FLAMINGO. This is, no doubt, my favorite of all public arts in Chicago. It’s so gracefully crafted and with that color, red, it looks fierce surrounded by the the glass buildings that are nothing but boring, tall skyscrapers. Another way to admire this is to look at its reflection on the glass wall on the post office building on your right (not pictured here). Alexander Calder‘s work is a real beauty to behold—its angular curves are perfectly done with finesse! 

Chicago Public Art Industry and Agriculture Statues Public Arts in Chicago

Public Arts in Chicago.

STATUE OF INDUSTRY (left) and STATUE OF AGRICULTURE (right) is sandwiched between Chicago Board of Trade Building and McDonalds. These statues where lost but were found in someone’s warehouse years later.

Ceres Statue Chicago Public Art

STATUE OF CERES, GODDESS OF AGRICULTURE. Atop the tall Chicago Trade Building is a statue of Ceres. You have to go a bit far from the building to appreciate it. Or, gaze up and good luck if you can see it from the bottom facade of the building. 

Chicago Arts Institute Lions Public Arts in Chicago

Public Arts in Chicago.

THE LIONS. The Chicago Arts Institute is guarded by two huge lion statues. The sculptor, Edward Kemey, is a self-taught artist who is known for its works of wild animals.

Buckingham Fountain Chicago Public Art

Public Arts in Chicago

CROWN FOUNTAIN. Come visit at night when the water reflects its two 50ft LED screens that shows close-ups of the people of Chicago. The portrait’s mouth squirts water as if it’s spitting.

Bean Chicago Public Art Public Arts in Chicago

Anish Kapoor / Public Arts in Chicago.

THE BEAN. Anish Kapoor’s brilliant sculpture is a Chicago symbol you won’t miss. Ever. Everything bends to the power of The Bean.

Pilsen Graffiti Chicago 16

PILSEN MURALS. Of course, don’t miss Pilsen neighborhood to be awed by its murals and graffiti in the area. 

Chicago Public Art

I have no idea what these statues are. I found it somewhere in Millennium Park and they’re off-limits to visitors.

Stock Exchange Arch Chicago Public Art

THE OLD STOCK EXCHANGE ARCH. Ok, this one is not really a public art but I found this intriguing that they still preserve it. It blends well with the skyscrapers as its background. 

Marshall Fiel Clock Public Arts in Chicago

Public Arts in Chicago

OLD MARSHALL FIELD CLOCK. It’s not a public art but I think it’s hard to ignore it. It’s photogenic, right? 

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4 Responses to “Public Arts in Chicago”

  1. Marilyn Lewis
    October 20, 2013 at 9:23 PM #

    Public art is a symbolic and visual statement of what a culture IS, Choose with care. Art matters!

    • TheSojourner
      October 20, 2013 at 10:06 PM #

      I couldn’t agree more.

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