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Monday Morning Mirth August 16, 2010

  Monday Morning Mirth  

Bonne Marie Burns

Never before could one say beauty is in the eye of the beholder with more certainty than THIS summer when the annual public art project landed in a downtown square on State St.

It is titled: EYE.

Aye, that’s about it. But wait. There is more. Accompanying the orb along the main downtown high street there are “156 street banners revealing a bold red cardinal – the state bird – in flight against a bright blue sky, unfolding like a “flip book” on State Street lamp posts north from Congress Parkway to Wacker Drive. KIDS (don’t try this at home): I attemped to get the full-effect of the flip-book while driving but there was (and always is) Too Much Traffic to do anything but basically avoid rear-ending the multitude of cars in front of me in the perpetual stop-and-go gridlock.

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Here, in the south area of the Loop, in a little park where usually there are only sidewalk sleepers and lots of pigeons, suddenly the World has arrived and it’s packing cameras…

Thumbs Up or Down on Public Art, dear readers?

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