Monument with Standing Beast, Chicago

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Monument with Standing Beast is a sculpture by Jean Dubuffet in front of the Helmut Jahn designed James R. Thompson Center in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois. Its location is across the street from Chicago City Hall to the South and diagonal across the street from the Daley Center to the southeast. It is a 29ft white fiberglass work of art. The piece is a 10-ton or 20000lb work. It was unveiled on November 28, 1984.This is one of Dubuffet's three monumental sculpture commissions in the United States. It has been taken to represent a standing animal, a tree, a portal and an architectural form. The sculpture is based on Dubuffet's 1960 painting series Hourloupe. The sculpture and the series of figural and landscape designs it is a part of reflects his thoughts of earliest monumental commission, for the One Chase Manhattan Plaza.The sculpture is one of 19 commissioned artworks funded under the State of Illinois Art-in-Architecture Program throughout the building. This was commissioned by the Capital Development Board of Illinois.
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  • Wherever the "standing animal" hides in this sculpture, I didn't discover it. Still, it's a highly interesting monumental sculpture-to be seen outside the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago's Loop neighborhood.
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  • I’ll be upfront i don’t know anything about art. I don’t know what this was made to mean or represent but i do know it was cool and I’m glad I was able to see this massive and beat piece of art on my ...  more »
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  • I like public art displayed in the streets and squares. This huge construction has big open space surrounding. Great place to people watch. It is easy to notice from transport or by walking. It is right in front of Thompson Center.
  • Not the most popular of sculptures, outshined by the nearby Daley Plaza Picasso and Miro statues across from that.

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