2017: Chicago’s Year of Public Art

Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events have designated 2017 the Year of Public Art with plans for special community projects, art festival, youth programs and more. Of course, this announcement has me a bit excited.

Here is a link to the City of Chicago’s Year of Public Art Schedule.

Art, in itself, equates to colors, shapes, textures, contrast and so many other elements that excite a photographer. It’s an opportunity to find various perspectives of how the art piece might interact with or even reflect the city or its viewers.

Chicago is not new to public art, having iconic pieces that have become such permanent fixtures, one might wonder if the city was as interesting before their arrival (which, of course, it was, as the architecture has played an artistic role since the Chicago Fire of 1871!).

If your travels bring you to Chicago this year, take some time (either while we’re on a tour or on your own) to seek out and enjoy some of the new and old art.


1. Marc Chagall’s “Four Seasons”
2. Anish Kapoor’s “Cloud Gate” (aka “The Bean”)
3. Magdalena Abakanowicz’ “Agora”

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