Sculpture of head in Millennium Park coming down on Monday

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A familiar face in Chicago is leaving.

On Monday, the gigantic sculpture of a head in Millennium Park will be removed, according to the city's Cultural Affairs Department.

For the last year and a half, the Awilda sculpture has been a majestic presence overlooking Michigan Avenue.

"I really like the dimensions, how you move around it and how it changes," said Chicagoan Monica Lobato of the sculpture.

The nearly 40-foot tall sculpture was installed, along with three smaller bronze heads, in June 2014. The creator, artist Jaume Plensa, talked with ABC7 in a previous interview about the sculpture's strange proportions.

"I'm trying to create a visual effect with the heads, and that's why they are like that," Plensa said.

Locals have come to love the sculpture's calming stare. They take photos and just stop by to say hello.

"I like it here. Can't it stay here forever?" said Chiara Gasparetto, who lives nearby.

Awilda's new destination is Museum Park in Miami, Florida. The sculpture was purchased by Jorge Perez, CEO and Chairman of The Related Group. Officials from the firm representing The Related Group said after Museum Park, Awilda will move to the Perez Art Museum Miami.
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