Helmut Jahn created Lines at State and Wacker. Stanley Tigerman and Dong Huy Kim sliced their Cow(ed) into three parts, Damien Hirst style.
Cows on Parade was so successful, it spawned countless street-side exhibitions worldwide, taking on everything from elephants, to ducks, moose, shoes, eggs, frogs, peanuts, another kind of peanuts, and . . . bananas.
|Pete Price Banana - photograph: Stuart Ian Burns, Wikipedia
This year, they've been reduced to trunks. The situation in Chicago is no better. For still another year, Michigan Avenue is dotted with ten recycled refrigerators, redesigned by local artists. This year's exhibition is named "MetamorFridges", and is sponsored by ComEd. Things have grown increasingly commercial, didactic, and - truth to tell - more than a little tired. Appropriately, this one looks a bit like a bicycle hearse.
|© Jyoti Srivastava. All rights reserved.
How many more cows still live? If you know of any, let us know, and we'll add them to our Put Out to Pasture catalog.
Chicago Loop Alliance, with its Pop-Up Art galleries and projects like this year's Color Jam have brought a lot of creativity to public art in Chicago, as has the annual BIGart installation at Navy Pier, and The Chicago Sculpture Exhibit.
Are recycled refrigerators God's way of telling us there's a drop-dead date on whimsy? What new ideas are waiting to be discovered for combining tourism and public art? Fiberglas figures of Convicted Aldermen on Parade? Giant grapefruit on the march? Surrealism on State? No? Well, what have you got? Pass along your suggestions and we'll post them here.