This expansive sculpture adorns Federal Plaza, a common site for public demonstrations against U.S. government policies.
Its curvaceous whimsy sits in contrast to the stark Mies van der Rohe-designed U.S. Post Office and federal buildings that surround it.
The city's public art guide says, "Alexander Calder’s abstract stabile anchors the large rectangular plaza bordered by three Bauhaus style federal buildings designed by Mies van der Rohe.
"The sculpture’s vivid color (dubbed “Calder Red”) and curvilinear form contrast dramatically with the angular steel and glass surroundings. However, 'Flamingo' is constructed from similar materials and shares certain design principles with the architecture, thereby achieving successful integration within the plaza. Despite its monumental proportions, the open design allows the viewer to walk under and through the sculpture, leading one to perceive it in relation to human scale."
As you head south to Jackson, look back east toward the lake to see Sol LeWitt's "Lines in Four Directions" on the west wall at 10 W. Jackson. You'll see a different look depending on the time of day and the angle of the sun.
The city's public art guide says, "Divided into four equal sections, the aluminum slats of Sol LeWitt’s wall relief are arranged vertically, horizontally and on two diagonals. As light and shadow play across the louvered surface throughout the day, ever-changing patterns form. It is a quiet, contemplative work that provides a momentary escape from the surrounding city bustle. Lines in 'Four Directions' reflects LeWitt’s primary interest in the system used for making art, which determines the form his art takes. To emphasize this concept, LeWitt limits his visual vocabulary to basic geometric shapes and often restricts his color palette to white."
Dearborn and Adams streets