Fifty years ago today, on August 15, 1967, the City of Chicago officially unveiled what has become known as “The Picasso,” a fifty-foot tall sculpture designed by the celebrated Spanish 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

Mayor Richard J. Daley thought it represented “the profile of a woman.”

Others may have disagreed. But as the City of Chicago pointed out on its online post, “Everyone’s Picasso,” the sculpture has become

an enduring influence on Chicago’s public art. It has been featured in popular films like The Blues Brothers, The Fugitive, and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. Now a beloved symbol of Chicago, the Picasso is central to hundreds of events in Daley Plaza, including creative arts performances and farmers markets.

City of Chicago. Everyone’s Chicago: Celebrating the 50th anniversary of a Chicago icon, undated  <https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/yopa0.html>. Accessed August 11, 2017.