And the group Chopin Monument in Chicago plans to do just that, with a replica of sculptor Waclaw Szymanowski's Warsaw original, designed in 1907, cast and erected in 1926, destroyed by the Nazi's in 1940, and recast in 1958. A full size replica already exists in Hamamatsu, Japan.
Apparently the project is already pretty far along, pretty much under the radar. If you run, you can still catch the Grant Park Advisory's meeting on the proposed monument, starting at 7:00 tonight, Tuesday, February 8th, at Daley Bicentennial Plaza, 337 East Randolph. (If you attend, send me a report and I'll pass the information on.)
No doubt about it; this thing is huge:
Not to be churlish, but is this really a good idea?
I suppose if it gets built, it won't be a tragedy, but why is a handsome memorial to Daniel Burnham, designed by Chicago architect David Woodhouse, unacceptable, and this huge lump A-ok?
A monument to Chopin is a great idea, but isn't Chicago a world-class city, at the front rank of the global arts scene? And, if we are, for Chopin and for Chicago, is this overscaled copy of a copy of a century-old design really the best we can do?