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.

One Response to “Flamingo”

  1. Canehan Says:

    Love the photos, but the last one is particularly striking .. wonderful.

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