PHOTO: Flamingo Sculpture in Downtown Chicago

Giant Flamingo sculpture stands in front of the Federal Building in downtown Chicago

Flamingo sculpture by American artist Alexander Calder stands in Federal Plaza, in front of the the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed Kluczynski Federal Building in Chicago, Illinois. The piece was unveiled in 1974 to mixed reviews. I well remember seeing it for the first time as a young woman and discussing with my friends whether or not it was “art.” Now, decades later, I am proud to be from a city that was a leader in the installation of outdoor sculpture.

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