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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 29-foot (8.8 m) white fiberglass work of art. The piece is a 10-ton or 20,000 pounds (9,100 kg) 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.
The sculpture is affectionately known to many Chicagoans as "Snoopy in a blender".
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  • If I read correctly, the near future of this piece is very uncertain due to property ownership change, so try to see it before It could possibly be gone. Not my favorite among other significant...  more »
  • You don’t see much of world art famous artists sculptures displaying in open air. This one is big is size and it is displayed in an area where you can circle around the sculpture: ». Even if you...  more »
  • What can you say about it? It's a strangely intriguing piece of sculpture sitting outside the Thompson center. I really like it, and find myself staring at it whenever I'm down here. But, that being said, I don't think I would ever go out of my way to go and look at it. If I'm nearby with tourists, I might make the suggestion, but otherwise I just simply enjoy it when it pops up in my life.
  • This is a good landmark for those looking for the J R Thompson Center on Clark and Lake. I remember wandering around inside of this sculpture once as a child when my mother brought me to the Thompson Center to take care of some business. I noticed that they've been doing a good job of keeping it clean lately.

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