The Thompson Center sculpture will be moved after the building is sold | New
One of Chicago’s iconic public works of art will have a new home. French artist Jean Dubuffet’s sculpture “Monument with Standing Beast,” in place in front of the Thompson Center since the building opened in 1985, is moving to another location on the Loop.—Chicago Sun Times
Following the $105 million sale of the Thompson Center to Google last week, the famous Dubuffet sculpture will be moved to a former bank building at 115 S. LaSalle Street, a space purchased by the State of Illinois for house the offices lost with the sale. The 29-foot, 10-ton fiberglass sculpture was seen as an extension of the Helmut Jahn-designed building. Dubbed “Snoopy in a blender”, the piece is made up of four shapes representing an animal, a tree, an architectural form and a portal. It was inspired by Dubuffet’s 1960 series of paintings titled hourlop.
“Monument with Standing Beast” was donated in 1984 by Ruth Horwich, art collector and co-founder of the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, in memory of her husband, Leonard Horwich. It was unveiled outside an under-construction Thompson Center in November of that year. The sculpture’s arrival date in its new home has not been announced.