Alexander Calder’s Flamingo, Chicago

Alexander Calder’s “Flamingo” is located at the juncture of the three buildings that make up the Chicago Federal Plaza designed by Mies van der Rohe. The sculpture’s vivid color and sinuous form contrast dramatically with the angular steel and glass surroundings.

Despite the Flamingo’s super-human scale (it’s 54 feet tall) the design integrates well within the plaza by allowing people to walk around and underneath the sculpture.

Photo by Ed Stites from Flickr CC

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