Ask ChicagoNow: What is your favorite piece of public art in Chicago?

Ask ChicagoNow: What is your favorite piece of public art in Chicago?

ChicagoNow is a group of bloggers from all sorts of different backgrounds.

With so much collective experience, we’ve decided to put that knowledge to use by posing some of the oldest and most popular questions to the group.

What is your favorite piece of public art in Chicago?

“I’m a Marc Chagall freak, so it has to be his gorgeous Four Seasons mosiac at Chase Tower Plaza, 10 S. Dearborn. I worked in Sears Tower (now Willis) for years, and used to lunch at that plaza and just take it all in. Chagall’s work is etherial. Pure magic!” — Michelle Babicz, Planet Michelle

“The Muddy Waters mural at 17 North State Street between Washington and Madison. It brightens up a shaded area and pays tribute Chicago’s Blues history.” — Carole Kuhrt Brewer, Show Me Chicago

“John Kearney did several sculptures around town. The Clydesdale Horse outside of the Bridgeport Art Center is a favorite.” — Stephanie Esposito, Chicago Rucks

“The architecture is a work of art on its own. That said, Cloud Gate has quickly become a worldwide recognized symbol of this city.” — Ana Martin Sagredo, Foreign Affairs: Children Edition

“Miró’s Chicago, because it’s fun to watch the reactions of folks seeing it for the first time, and because it’s astronomically inspired. I first discovered Miró when I was a teenager living in Spain, and when I found out there was a sculpture of his in Chicago I had to come home to see it.” — Sophie Sanchez, Cosmic Chicago

“The Chicago Picasso in Daley Plaza. My parents took me the unveiling in 1967.” — Bob Schneider, Politics Now

“One that isn’t installed yet. On June 7 an ambitious sculptural tribute to poet Gwendolyn Brooks will be unveiled in the park named for her at 46th and Greenwood. It will include a statue of her, plus a walkway with quotes from her poetry plus a replica of the back porch where she did much of her writing. As of today there is only one statue in a Chicago park that depicts a woman, Laura C. Liu in Ping Tom Park, as opposed to many statues of Lincoln, Grant, Shakespeare, Goethe, Washington and other white guys. There are no statues of African American women or African American poets. The sculptor is Margot McMahon who has had major commissions in Chicago and across the country. The installation will be called “Gwendolyn Brooks: The Oracle of Bronzeville” and is being sponsored by The Chicago Literary Hall of Fame, The Poetry Foundation, The Chicago Park District, and other donors.” — Floyd Sullivan, Waiting4Cubs

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Lead image via Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune

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