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Chicago Celebrates 50 Years of the Chicago Picasso

We can’t imagine the Loop without the iconic Chicago Picasso. On any given day, the sculpture inspires art-lovers, visitors, workers and even children to experience public art in the heart of our city.

On August 8, the beloved sculpture is getting the celebration it deserves. In honor of the Chicago Picasso’s 50th anniversary, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events will host a restaging of the sculpture’s 1967 unveiling from 12:00pm to 1:30pm. Relive the moment Pablo Picasso showcased his first large-scale civic sculpture to America. The event will include participation from contemporary art leaders and artists, and live performances from the Chicago Children’s Choir and the After School Matters Orchestra. For Chicago history buffs, local teens from YouMedia at the Chicago Public Library will interview attendees while in character as the legendary Studs Terkel, long-time Chicago radio host.

“Chicago’s Picasso is a representation and celebration of the lasting contributions public art make to this city,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “With a daring design ahead of its time, the Picasso has been influencing public art since the 1967 unveiling. It is fitting that this anniversary is part of the 2017 Year of Public Art.”

The event coincides with the 2017 “Year of Public Art” which includes a new 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, the creation of a Public Art Youth Corps, a new Public Art Festival, exhibitions, performances, tours and more—representing a $1.5 million investment in artist-led community projects.

For more information about the event or the Year of Pubic Art visit: cityofchicago.org/yopa.

Photo Credit: Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events


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