Monument with Standing Beast

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Monument With Standing Beast
View facing southeast: Daley Center in the background
ArtistJean Dubuffet
Dimensions8.8 m (29 ft)
LocationJames R. Thompson Center (outdoor), Chicago, IL

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 29-foot (8.8 m) white fiberglass work of art.[1] The piece is a 10-ton or 20,000 pounds (9,100 kg) work.[2] It was unveiled on November 28, 1984.[2]

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.[1] The sculpture is based on Dubuffet's 1960 painting series Hourloupe.[3] 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.[3]

The sculpture is one of 19 commissioned artworks funded under the State of Illinois Art-in-Architecture Program throughout the building.[3] This was commissioned by the Capital Development Board of Illinois.[3]

The sculpture is affectionately known to many Chicagoans as "Snoopy in a blender".[3][4]

View facing northwest: James R. Thompson Center in the background

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  1. ^ a b "Artropolis". Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. 2007. Archived from the original on March 15, 2008. Retrieved May 30, 2007.
  2. ^ a b "Dubuffet: Monument with Standing Beast". Chicago Public Library. August 1996. Retrieved June 6, 2007.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Monument with Standing Beast". Retrieved June 6, 2007.
  4. ^ "Hey, homies, did you know . . . ?". Chicago Tribune. June 21, 2002. Retrieved January 5, 2012.

Coordinates: 41°53′05″N 87°37′52″W / 41.88475°N 87.63121°W / 41.88475; -87.63121