Chicago bean sculpture tilted, but it’s still a good design
The Chicago Tribune has an article from April 5 titled “Huge, but not as huge as we thought.”
That article says the city has decided to put up a giant bean sculpture at the corner of North and Wabash in the Loop, a move that would require a major redesign of the downtown plaza.
That means the city would need to rethink how the plaza is designed, and it could be a long time before it’s ready for public use.
The Chicago Tribune article has more on the bean sculpture, which has been in place since at least 1918, and the redesign of what’s now a pedestrian-friendly plaza:The bean is made of concrete, but that doesn’t mean it won’t be vulnerable to earthquakes and other natural hazards.
The piece is currently in the middle of a two-week public art program.
The sculpture was designed by renowned Chicago artist and sculptor Paul Heilbroner, who also designed the giant Beanie Babies that stand in the downtown park.
Heilboer said he hopes to have the sculpture completed by the end of next year.
He also said that he hopes the public will like the bean because it is “unique and beautiful,” but that the public should not expect a big change in design.