Happy Birthday to Picasso’s gift to Chicago!

Forty years ago today.

At 40 we still don’t know what you are. But we love you.

Even though you’ve been superseded a bit by

Anish Kapoor’s Cloud Gate in Millennium Park.

Which came first, the monkey or the egg?

Picasso’s arrived when Chicago still had tinges of “rust-belt city.” (1967)
Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” of 2006 shows off our new beaming optimism.

I love them both.
Two examples of public art that make one feel good to be in the place where they are.


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