GEMS (at GEMS World Academy-Chicago)
Today is #TBT, so we couldn’t wait another day for this.
47 years ago tomorrow, just after noon, Mayor Richard J. Daley pulled a cord attached to 1,200 square feet of blue-green fabric, unwrapping a gift “to the people of Chicago” from an artist who had never visited — and had shown no previous interest in — the city. The artist was Pablo Picasso, who at age 85 had dominated Western art for more than half a century. He had been approached by William E. Hartmann, senior partner of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, one of the architectural firms collaborating on Chicago’s new Civic Center; Hartmann wanted a sculpture for the plaza bordered by Washington, Randolph, Dearborn and Clark Streets.
It was the first monumental outdoor Picasso in North America. Daley said at the unveiling:
"We dedicate this celebrated work this morning with the belief that what is strange to us today will be familiar tomorrow."
Oh, how right you were, Mayor Daley. Oh, how right you were.
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