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Chicago - Home Of Fine Art
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© Christine Till
Chicago is famous for its iconic architecture, but it's quickly gaining a worldwide reputation for its iconic public art as well.
The work of famous artists including Pablo Picasso, Jean Miro and Marc Chagall is showcased along Chicago's streets, inside building lobbies and atop Chicago buildings. In all, there are more than 700 sculptures, mosaics and paintings, most created and installed since 1967, the year when the first sculpture an "Unnamed" gigantic creation by Picasso was installed in Daley Plaza.
Chicago's commitment to public art is funded through an innovative Percent for Arts program that allocates 1.33 percent of the construction budget for new public buildings to commission and acquire artwork. At least half of the commissions are awarded to Chicago area artists to provide opportunities to the local arts community.
When the 'Percent for Art Ordinance' was unanimously approved in 1978, Chicago was one of the first municipalities, and the largest, to legislate the incorporation of public art into its official building program. Today, there are more than 200 similar programs throughout the United States, due in large part to the success of the Chicago ordinance.
November 17th, 2012
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