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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 29ft white fiberglass work of art. The piece is a 10-ton or 20000lb 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 Hourioupe. 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.
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  • Very different sculpture with interesting angles from various vantage points in front of the Thompson Center (Illinois State Building). I strongly suggest you view from afar vs. walking inside of it. ...  more »
  • On the corner of W Randolph St. and N Clark St. is The Monument with Standing Beast by Jean Dubuffet. It is a neat thing to see. It has open spaces so you can go in it if you want. My son said the cor...  more »
  • Designed by jean Dubuffet, in 1984, and made of fiberglass, the sculpture is a bit small for its location in front of the imposing Thompson Center. But then it's the only public Dubuffet in Chicago. S...  more »
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  • What a nice piece!