Famous cubist artist Pablo Picasso created a 50-foot, 162-ton sculpture for the city of Chicago. Commissioned in 1963 by the Richard J. Daley Center and dedicated in 1967, the sculpture cost over $300,000 dollars to create, though Picasso turned down any money offered to him, claiming the sculpture was a gift to the city. Although Picasso never explained the meaning behind the structure, many artists have been inspired by this work. This maquette was created by Picasso in 1965 as a model for the final larger structure. It can be seen at the Art Institute of Chicago. Adapted from Pablo Picasso's (Spanish, worked in France, 18811973) Maquette for Richard J. Daley Center Monument. Made of welded laser-cut metal that is acid washed, sand powder coated, and hand painted. The original sculpture can be found in the museum's permanent collection
Hand painted metal, 9 3/4" x 6 5/8" x 4 1/8".