As well as the Blues Festival we also used our time to see some of Chicago's statues:
"Downtown Chicago is home to more than 100 sculptures, mosaics, and paintings placed in plazas, lobbies, and on the Riverwalk. The dedication of the huge sculpture by Pablo Picasso in 1967 confirmed that Chicago was a city for the arts. Since then, major works by Alexander Calder, Sir Anthony Caro, Sol LeWitt, Richard Hunt, and Ellen Lanyon, among others, have been added to this free open-air museum." The Chicago Public Art GuideThe tourist information office had relocated from the Chicago Cultural Centre to Macy's where the guy behind the desk printed us a list of major public art works. We used that to spend a couple of mornings wandering round downtown Chicago finding and ticking statues off our list, we managed a fair few.
In alphabetic order:
Alexander Calder - Flamingo
A spectacular piece of curves and sharp angles put me in mind of feathers and beaks.
Alexander Calder - Flying Dragon
Anish Kapoor - Cloud Gate (1)
A major selfie opportunity for almost everyone there.
Anish Kapoor - Cloud Gate (2)
Looking up and seeing the distorted reflections is really disorienting, it made me giddy.
David Smith - Cubi VII
Edward Kemeys - Lions
Frank Gehry - Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Hector Guimard - Paris Metro Entryway
Henry Moore - Large Interior Form
Jaume Plensa - The Crown Fountain (1)
This fountain is a fun piece with the changing back projections.
Jaume Plensa - The Crown Fountain (2)
The first time we saw it was a really hot day and all the children were having so much fun splashing around under the waterfall and in the pool.
Jean Dubuffet - Monument with Standing Beast (1)
I like the way you can walk into and through this one like an old castle or standing stones.
Jean Dubuffet - Monument with Standing Beast (2)
Jerald Jacquard - Space Junction of Energy
We only noticed this as we were leaving for the airport, directly across from our hotel by Belmont station.
Joan Miro - Miro's Chicago
Louise Nevelson - Dawn Shadows
Marc Chagall - The Four Seasons (1)
Marc Chagall - The Four Seasons (2)
Pablo Picasso - Untitled
This is credited as the piece that started the whole public statues thing in Chicago. It even gets a mention in The Blues Brothers:
Elwood: This is definitely Lower Wacker Drive! If my estimations are correct, we should be very close to the Honorable Richard J. Daley Plaza!
Jake: That's where they got that Picasso.
Richard Hunt - We Will
Richard Lippold - Radiant 1
Sol LeWitt - Lines in Four Directions
Took us a while to spot this one: not just a statue but the whole side of a building.
If we ever go back there are plenty more on the list we still have yet to see...