Picasso Statue
Picasso Statue
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
Often visitors' first stop in Chicago, The Loop is a good starting point to sample the city's energy and flavor. This central business district boasts Michelin-rated restaurants, upscale hotels, premier shopping, and enough arresting architecture to keep your camera busy for hours. You won’t find too many photo galleries of downtown Chicago without a shot of Millennium Park and Cloud Gate (“The Bean”), one of the most iconic landmarks in the city. A stunning skyline coupled with cultural attractions like the Art Institute of Chicago present a Downtown where work and play peacefully coexist.
How to get there
  • Lake • 3 min walk
  • Clark/Lake • 4 min walk

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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN4,977 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Located at Daley Plaza, the great Pablo Picasso's gift to the city of Chicago was unveiled in 1967. It was the first significant public abstract work of art in the city. Initially met with great dislike, it is now more appreciated and has become an iconic landmark in Chicago's Loop. Definitely worth a look and a photo if nearby or even can be appreciated from the street as you drive by it.
Written 10 March 2024
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Kelly O
Minneapolis, MN4 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Solo
I saw this Picasso sculpture while in Chicago. There was a farmer's market here while I was there, so I didn't get a great photo.
Written 3 October 2023
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Gidons51
Herzliya, Israel4,748 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
Picasso was invited to make this sculpture by the mayor of Chicago in 1967 . In front of the town hall this sculpture was built under cover , no one knew what it looks like .the inauguration took place , the cover was removed, and everyone was surprised regarding the outcome , many very disappointed.
Take a few minutes to pass by .
Written 27 May 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China1,72,947 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
There are a handful of large public art installations scattered around downtown including this landmark sculpture by Pablo Picasso (1967) which is located at Daly Plaza along West Washington Street. It is a 15 metre tall Cubist sculpture that from the sides looks like fragmented sheets of metal. However, when viewed directly in front, resembles the head of an Afghan Hound.

It is an interesting public artwork worth spending a few minutes to enjoy if you plan to be in the downtown area and enjoy art and monument viewing during your travels. You will also find large scale works by Miro, Dubuffet, Chagall and Calder nearby the Chicago Picasso sculpture as well.
Written 10 May 2023
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A Z
Indianapolis, IN185 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Couples
Just like Calder’s Flamingo, you can do a drive by and see this without spending too much time. Not sure what else there is to see about this. Maybe I didn’t research it enough beforehand, but it just wasn’t impressive when we saw it.
Written 27 August 2022
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,733 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
In the center of the open square in front of City Hall stands an untitled sculpture to the City of Chicago. Picasso, who rarely did large civic art, gave this to the city free of charge as a gift to a gangster city. The steel was manufactured near by in Gary and assembled here.

Like most public art, the untitled sculpture was hated initially. However, over time it has become a cultural icon of the city and one of the top attractions. It has appeared in numerous Chicago movies. After 55 years it is accepted as a Chicago pop icon and something I made an effort to see in the Loop.
Written 24 July 2022
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Diana R
Birch Run, MI2,668 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Not very far out of the way off Michigan Avenue is the Picasso statue. My daughter & I recently visited Chicago and we both love Picasso, so we had to take the short walk to see it. It's a lot bigger than I thought it would be. We both enjoyed seeing it.
Written 7 July 2021
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
The Picasso Statue, whoever it is or whatever it is, attracts more people than any other attraction in Chicago, more than Navy Pier or Wrigley Field or the Art Institute. Located at 50 West Washington Street, in the Richard J. Daley Plaza Civic Center, in Chicago's Loop, the untitled monumental sculpture by Pablo Picasso was dedicated on August 15, 1967. It has become a well-known landmark, is known for its inviting jungle gym-like characteristics and has become a popular meeting spot for Chicagoans. The cor-ten steel sculpture is 50 feet tall and weighs 162 short tons. For years, critics have speculated what the statue represents. Picasso once said that the head of the sculpture was an abstract representation of his Afghan Hound named Kabul. Legendary Chicago newspaper columnist Mike Royko, crediting Picasso with understanding the soul of Chicago, said: "Its eyes are like the eyes of every slum owner who made a buck off the small and weak." Whatever the motive or the motivation, Picasso's sculpture inspired other famous artists such as Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall and Joan Miro, who later contributed artwork to Chicago. One art critic, noting the importance and significance of the Picasso statue and the fact that it was the first such major public artwork in downtown Chicago, said it "precipitated an aesthetic shift in civic and urban planning, broadening the idea of public art beyond the commemorative." Picasso was offered payment of $100,00 for his work but refused, stating that he wanted it to be a gift to the city. Did he anticipate that visitors can often be seen climbing on and sliding down the base of his great sculpture?
Written 12 June 2021
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Princess279
East Brunswick, NJ1,078 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
It's Picasso! If you take your time and read the story, you'll surely find something about to be amazed with. Sadly, you still can see the left overs of the vandalism few years ago, but it doesn't diminish the grandiosity of the piece. Check it out from every angle, it's worth it (along with the Miró, Chagall, Calder,... etc. you can experience as a part of the same short self-guiding walking tour). Only in Chicago!
Written 26 July 2020
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liverpool1023
London, UK1,106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
It’s the street art that makes Chicago and great walking city. If you are going for a super sized sculpture, why not make it an enigmatic Picasso. Untitled could be a women or a dog or even a baboon. Something to ponder when you are munching a sandwich in Daley Plaza.
Written 6 March 2020
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