Thursday, May 14, 2009

Fun Is A Foot (or 212) At Agora

Sometimes it's the simplest, free things that turn out to be the most fun.

Du-Jay and Sagezilla had a blast running through Chicago's forest of feet, between The Museum Campus and the El, when we spent a recent day at The Shedd Aquarium.

This fun, public sculpture, at Michigan and Roosevelt, is comprised of 106 cast iron figures that are 9 feet tall. It's entitled "Agora", which is Greek for meeting place.
The sculptor is Polish artist, Magdalena Abakanowicz.

Never underestimate the value of adventurous wanderings.

We're so fortunate in Chicago, to have so many public works of art that are interactive and kid friendly.

Mine have spent hours in The Crown Fountain, splashing and playing beneath the ever changing, water spewing faces.

They've made endless kaleidoscope patterns and taken photos with their own cameras in The Cloud Gate, affectionately known as "The Bean".

If you take the train, walk the streets with your kids, and sometimes take unexplored routes, you can discover magical and unexpected things.

Here's a link to Wikitravel's Loop Art Tour Travel Guide to get you started.

For a more in depth look, here is an entire blog devoted to public sculptures in Chicago

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