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Re: Picasso in Chicago?

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J. Pease (jpease)
Thu, 1 Feb 1996 07:49:38 -0800

>Does anyone know anything about the large outdoor Picasso sculpture
>Todd Drake
>New Garden Friends School
The Chicago Picasso was completed in 1967 and is situated on Richard J.
Daley Plaza, at Washington between Dearborn and Clark. The 3-D composition
of plates and rods of self-weathering Corrosive Tensile, or Cor-Ten steel,
is 50 feet high and weighs 162 tons. Its design was abstracted from the
head of a woman, one of many cubist designs Picasso did but never before
presented in this scale. Sir Roland Penrose, Picasso's biographer, sees in
it "the head of a woman with ample flowing hair" - but as we all know,
that is only one interpretation of many possibilies, as Picasso refused to
discuss it. My information comes from "A Guide to Chicago's Public
Sculpture" by Ira J. Bach and Mary Lackritz Gray and is published by The
University of Chicago Press. There is more information in the guide - If
you cannot get hold of a copy of the guide, let me know and I will copy the
pertinent pages and send it through the traditional mail.
Jill Pease
Resource Center Coordinator
California Consortium for Visual Arts Education