The renowned “Artists Monument”—a piece about artists and for artists—will be “revealed” officially in Chicago’s Grant Park tomorrow, Feb. 20. The 80-foot-long horizontal sculpture is etched with the names of 392,485 artists, ranging from iconic names (Picasso, Warhol) to emerging talent, with all artists listed alphabetically to eliminate a sense of hierarchy. The monolith is made from two shipping containers covered with brightly colored acrylic panels, offering a cheerful recognition of artistic endeavors and brightening up the wintry Chicago landscape.
The artist, local Oak Park, Illinois resident Tony Tasset (famous in Chicago for another sculpture, “Eye,” which once graced the Loop’s Pritzker Park) originally created the piece for the 2014 Whitney Biennial, where it was displayed outside in New York’s Hudson River Park. Read more about why Tasset created this piece for the Whitney, and check out the “Artists Monument” firsthand in Chicago beginning tomorrow.