49 years for a Chicago landmark

Visitors to Chicago’s Daley Plaza in the Loop will find one of the city’s iconic pieces of public art in the city, a large untitled sculpture by famed artist Pablo Picasso.

Scene from the dedication of the Picasso sculpture

Scene from the dedication of the Picasso sculpture, August 1967. RJD_04_01_0026_0007_006

Ever since Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley unveiled this sculpture, it has elicited not a little confusion about what it was meant to represent. Listen to the mayor’s comments at the unveiling:

Video: Excerpt from “Richard J. Daley: The Trees He Planted,” written and produced by Joe Howard, Executive Producer Ed Planer. RJD_04_02_0000_0000_016