Calder’s Flamingo at the Federal Building at 230 S. Dearborn in Chicago. Photos were taken July 18, 2010.
The work stands in a small plaza that is frequently used for demonstrations and political gatherings. This area is in the south loop area, and has always given me the sort of look-over-your-shoulder feeling of the South Side. But when it is filled with a crowd, it has an intimate connected feeling, with the patterns of the impersonal city rising in the background like the walls of a protective canyon.
After considering it from afar in the context of its urban space (and shaking a mental fist at the frequent cloud cover), I walk up to it and try to interact with it in three dimensions. Carrying a camera seems to make me look at it differently, as color, texture, geometry, light.