The art of conversation. Birds do it, bees do it. Even small and large cities do it. That’s right. All sorts of things engage in conversation.
In the 1960’s, the city of Chicago decided to talk to Barcelona. With two commissions from Barcelona’s famous artistic sons, Chicago bragged to the world about her relationship with modernism and stature as a major city. In Daley Plaza, also known as Daley Center, you can find two large sculptures from the famous Catalans.
- Miro’s Chicago was originally called The Sun, the Moon and One Star.
- In June 2014 I had the honor to travel to Barcelona, Spain and participate in The Creativity Workshop as a part of an educator fellowship called Fund for Teachers. At the workshop our leaders, Shelley Berc and Alejandro Fogel, talked to us about some great artists from Barcelona. They also told us that two artists, Pablo Picasso and Joan Miro, had famous sculptures in Chicago. As it turned out, I was traveling to Chicago the following month to participate in a week-long seminar hosted by the Chicago Architecture Foundation and funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
- I was so excited to get a picture of the Miro when no one was around.
My fellowship to Barcelona was possible because of Fund for Teachers. If you are a teacher in the United States and you have an amazing idea for professional growth, please consider completing an application. Even if you aren’t funded, the application process is worth it.