The Chicago Picasso
(often just The Picasso
) is an untitled monumental sculpture
by Pablo Picasso
in Chicago, Illinois
. The sculpture, dedicated on August 15, 1967, in Daley Plaza
in the Chicago Loop
, is tall and weighs 162 tons. The Cubist sculpture
by Picasso was the first such major public artwork in Downtown Chicago, and has become a well known landmark.
It is known for its inviting jungle gym
-like characteristics. Visitors to Daley Plaza can often be seen climbing on and sliding down the base of the sculpture.
The sculpture was commissioned by the architects of the Richard J. Daley Center
in 1963. The commission was facilitated by the architect William Hartmann of the architectural firm of Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill
. Picasso completed a maquette
of the sculpture in 1965, and approved a final model of the sculpture in 1966. The cost of constructing the sculpture was $351,959.17, paid mostly by three charitable foundations: the Woods Charitable Fund, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, and the Field Foundation of Illinois. Picasso himself was offered payment of $100,000 but refused it, stating that he wanted to make a gift of his work.The Letter Edged in Black Press, Inc. v. Public Building Commission of Chicago
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