Magdalena Abakanowicz, a Polish sculptor, brought “Agora” to Grant Park in 2006. The permanent project is located on the south end of Grant Park, near the Roosevelt Metra station. I have had mixed feelings on Agora. On the one hand, I think it’s a very interesting piece of public art and the way it was designed really does make you feel crowded or claustrophobic. On the other hand, seeing about 100 cast iron legs is kind of creepy. And they now have signs up prohibiting dogs from peeing on the statues - apparently it can cause quite a rusting problem. Maybe the dogs are creeped out the “legs”, too.
Despite my mixed feelings on this particular piece, I adore public art and I am thankful that Chicago is brimming with it.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"Agora" Interesting and Unique, but Weird and Eerie
We highly recommend that you check out a great new blog called The Windy Pixel. We spent an exorbitant amount of time captivated by their unique images and commentary on the city. Of particular interest is the shot above taken at the corner of Roosevelt and Michigan in our hood. Their take on the project is spot on and we imagine many people feel the same way: