Chicago: The Agora Sculptures of Grant Park.

I was walking through the south end of Chicago’s Grant Park along Michigan Avenue on a warm, summer day when I came across all these headless and armless sculptures.

Chicago, Agora Sculptures, Grant Park

They all form the piece known as Agora which has sat at this location since 2006 on permanent loan from artist Magdalena Abakanowicz and the Polish Ministry of Culture. There are 106 9-foot sculptures to be exact, each made of cast iron.

Chicago, Agora Sculptures, Grant Park

I saw a lot of people walking around and in-between them. From afar they all look similar, but each is hand-carved and has its own unique characteristics.

Collectively they form what looks like a crowd of people. You’ll notice that some are pointing towards others, while others are pointed away. The word Agora in Greek means meeting place.

Chicago, Agora Sculptures, Grant Park

Its had mixed reviews, people either loving or hating it.

Chicago, Agora Sculptures, Grant Park

It was unique and fascinating to me. Walking through the park on this day, it got me thinking about what other sculptures in Chicago I should check out on that next stroll. 🙂

What other outdoor sculptures would you recommend checking out in Chicago?

10 responses to “Chicago: The Agora Sculptures of Grant Park.

  1. Agora is a little strange at first but still kind of amazing. It’s also very photographer-friendly. I enjoy weaving in and out of the aisles of headless legs and trying for shots from different angles.

    • I did a double take as I approached them, but loved walking around and taking pictures of like everyone else that was there. Agreed, very photo friendly!

  2. These are such cool sculptures! A bit on the creepy side, but really interesting none the less.

    • Creepy, can definitely see that. At the same time though cool to hang out around. 🙂 Be interested in seeing some of her other work up close.

  3. Interesting. Funny when someone blogs about something about your home city you have not seen. I play softball in Grant Park too during the summer, so I am surprised I have not seen them. I wonder what the artists was trying to convey? Very cool sculptures and nice pics.

    • Thanks Ted. Was a random find. Warmed up to the sculpture the more I was hanging around it. The artists work is based on her fear of crowds. 🙂

  4. I like the public sculpture of entwined trees in front of the nature museum in Lincoln Park (Fullerton and Cannon). There is also a wonderful buffalo sculpture there that’s new. The city has installed many sculptures throughout Lincoln park in the last year, siting many of them so that they can be viewed from a car (when, for example, you’re sitting in rush hour traffic). There are also some along parts of LSD beginning at the museums and heading north (near the marinas).

    • Will have to checkout the new additions to Lincoln Park. Thanks for the tips! Good idea with the traffic angle. When I’ve been there, didn’t mind to much sitting in traffic on the LSD because of the views. 🙂

  5. Agora is awesome 🙂 Ran into those guys for the first time wandering around one evening. It was pretty eerie…

    • Yeah it creeped me out the first time I saw them, and many others I here too. Now a must walk through every time I visit Chicago. Scenic part of Grant Park.

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