Picasso, Chicago at Art Institute: Daley Plaza Sculpture Garden Launch

March 21, 2013 4:15:21 AM PDT
Get a first look at the Art Institute's plans for a sculpture garden spelling P-I-C-A-S-S-O in eight-foot-tall letters launching in Daley Plaza.

Where: Daley Plaza, alongside Chicago's permanent Picasso sculpture, unveiled in 1967

Why: To support the launch of "Picasso and Chicago" at the Art Institute of Chicago, which opened on February 20 and runs through May 12, 2013

Facts and Figures:

The eight-foot-tall letters are being produced and installed by Chicago Scenic

Picasso has a unique relevance to Chicago - in 1913 the Art Institute of Chicago was the first American museum to show Picasso's work

Chicago is the first (and still only) city to own a monumental Picasso sculpture

In 1967, Picasso gifted his famous sculpture to the people of Chicago, refusing to accept payment for his work; The abstract design was initially greeted with controversy - some interpreted the abstract design as a dog, a horse, a baboon, one of Picasso's lovers and even a Viking ship (Picasso never explained what the sculpture was meant to represent)