Cultural Activities

Trip Start Sep 03, 2009
Trip End Sep 07, 2009

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Friday, September 4, 2009

Michael wants to get a library card for himself, so our next call is the nearby Harold Washington Library Center, headquarters of the Chicago Public Library System. The massive building is in postmodernist style and was opened in 1991. He gets his library card while wander what the Guinness Book of Records claims as the largest public library in the world. The rooftop winter garden is especially attractive.

As we leave the building Miryam beeps as she passes through the metal detector. The security guard asks her to pass through again, which she does with the same result. She is at a loss. She normally doesn't carry guns or knives, so she has no hesitation when the guard asks to check her backpack. He wiggles his hand around and comes out triumphantly with…..a book. Aha! Trying to smuggle a book out of the library without checking it! That is, until he inspects it and finds a Mary Higgins Clark novel from Miami Springs Public Library. We are all amused that a Miami library book will set off the bar code detector at the exit of a Chicago public library. Why is Miryam carrying her library book around with her? Does she think she is going to have some free time in our hectic schedule? Fat chance!  

We now look for three pieces of famous European art in public places. My map shows us that at the base of the 60-storey Chase Building we will locate "Four Seasons", not by Vivaldi, but by Marc Chagall. It’s a lovely mosaic block with exuberant Chagall colour. We are not seeing it at its best as it is undergoing a wash and brush up. The opportunity is taken to use the ATM at this humongous Chase office. Next stop is Daley Plaza to view Pablo Picasso’s 50-foot untitled sculpture. Picasso never let on what the sculpture represented, and people still argue today as to its significance. Lastly we view the sculpture just south called “Miró's Chicago”, the sculpture by Joan Miró is also a bit of a mystery. The authorities call it a “mixed media sculpture”, whatever than means.
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