Does your city have touristy things that you’ve never done? Chicago has a lot of that. One of the tourist attractions is the 50 foot tall public art sculpture by Picasso. The angled base made of Cor-Ten steel makes for a great slide. Children are always running up the base and sliding down.
I never thought of sliding down the base, because only kids do it. But today was a different day.
After picking up parking passes across the street at Chicago’s City Hall, I crossed over and walked up to the Picasso. Never having sat down on the pedestal around the Picasso, I figure it would be a good experience for me as a public artist. I sat down for about ten seconds and realized that I want to slide down the Picasso with the few other kids doing it.
In my tie and work clothes, I climbed up the Picasso slope. The surface was much more smooth than I imagined. Perhaps it was my treaded-out dress shoes. Successfully reaching the top, I sat down and slid down on my butt. It was fun. I though maybe I wouldn’t be able to slide down, but i went along just fine. It was so much fun that I did it three more times.
Every adult should slide down the Picasso at least once. Here’s a fast-motion video of me sliding down: