Sunday, November 18, 2007

Sell the Picasso!

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Photograph Copyright is held by: Flying Debris

In January of 2005 the City of Chicago sold the Chicago Skyway in order to raise funds, last week the City Council voted to raise a variety of taxes and fees in order to raise funds and Friday's papers had stories about the city selling Midway Airport in order to raise funds. What's next? The suggestion of selling the famous Picasso sculpture in front of City Hall was only in jest, but one must really ask, what is next?

The upside is that those institutions will surely be better managed and they won't be saddled with political hiring, poorly negotiated union contracts, contracted supplies from some politico's cousin... Hey, maybe they could privatize Streets and Sanitation.

The above photo was taken from the Chicago Temple Building during the August 1967 unveiling of the Picasso sculpture in Chicago's Civic Center Plaza. The photo was taken by my father at a critical moment of the unveiling, the cloak had hung up on the sculpture and Mayor Daley (the First) was seen ordering the assembled aldermanic dignitaries to free the snagged fabric. The photo was snapped as the Aldermen raced to free the snagged cloak.

Thanks to the wonderful Dr. Sanity for inclusion in her Carnival of Insanities again this week. Go read her blog and support her "lavish blogging lifestyle"!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hello Flying Debris, I am writing from Artforum because we would very much like to use this photo of the unveiling of the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza to accompany an article we are preparing that discusses it. Please do get in touch if you can, I very much look forward to hearing from you (

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