Sunday, October 24, 2010


Situated at the south end of Grant Park at Roosevelt Rd, for the longest time I had no idea what these head and torso-less iron statues were called.  The Name Agora refers to the meeting places of the ancient greek city-states.  Polish sculptor  Magdalena Abakanowicz designed the 9-feet tall 1,800 pound hollow structures to exemplify her fear of crowds.  As you can see many of the pieces are congregated together while others are walking away from the group, off on their own.  Abakanowicz once described crowds as "brainless organisms acting on command."  Their placement in Grant Park allows for visitors to walk through them to make their own interpretation of each piece of artwork.

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