Daley Plaza’s Picasso Turns 50

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8 August 2017 | 9:36 pm

Daley Plaza’s Picasso Turns 50

In celebration of Daley Plaza’s very own Picasso sculpture turning 50, Mayor Rahm Emanuel held a celebration Tuesday at noon. Going along with the proclaimed “Year of Public Art” big Picasso celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

Daley Plaza’s Picasso Turns 50

Recreating the original 1967 dramatic unveiling was part of Tuesday’s celebration. In 1967 thousands of people attended the original unveiling, met with mixed reaction. The statue simply referred to as the Picasso statue in Daley Plaza stands 50-feet tall on a base of granite weighing in at more than 160 tons.

In his dedication letter, Picasso gave the sculpture to the people of Chicago, but never clarified what it was or what it was supposed to represent. People still argue 50 years later about what it’s supposed to be.

Another event will be held on Aug. 15 to celebrate art historian and author Patricia Balton Stratton’s new book, “The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure” celebrating the famous sculpture. Admission is free at the Harold Washington Library.

Event: The Chicago Picasso: A Point of Departure Panel Discussion
Date: August 15, 2017
Hours: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Address: Harold Washington Library, 400 S. State Street
Admission/ Ticket Prices: Free



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