Daley Plaza - 5/19/10

Daley Plaza - 5/19/10, originally uploaded by TomRubin.
Day 138 of Project 365. The City of Chicago often spruces up local attractions in honor of holidays, special events and local sports teams. This is the fountain at Daley Plaza. For those not in the know, Daley Plaza is part of the Richard J. Daley Center which was named after long time mayor Richard J. Daley. Anyway, in honor of the Chicago Blackhawks being in the NHL Playoffs, the water has been dyed red.

Some interesting facts about the Daley Center* :

1) It's the tallest building in the world with fewer than 40 stories. A typical 648-foot (198 m) building would have 50-60 stories.*

2) The Blues Brothers movie featured the Daley Center as well as the movies The Fugitive and The Dark Knight.*

3) The plaza is dominated by an untitled Cor-ten steel 50-foot (15 m) sculpture by Pablo Picasso (usually called "The Picasso"). Completed in 1967, it was a gift to the City of Chicago from the artist. Though controversial for its abstract form, it quickly became a Chicago landmark.*

4) The plaza also features an in-ground fountain and an eternal flame memorial to the dead from World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.*

5) The plaza serves as a location for many civic functions including weekly farmers' markets in the summer, regular ethnic festivals, and the meeting place for Chicago's Critical Mass ride.*

*Sources: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_J._Daley_Center


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