The simple joys of public art

Art is Fun

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:

First time in my 39-year life that I slid down the Picasso. #somuchfun

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Sarah Renee
8 years ago

Sweet fast-motion video! I want to do another one where both of us go down the Picasso slide 😉

8 years ago

I need to bring my kids to the Picasso. And ask them what they think the Picasso resembles.

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