CHICAGO — After someone spent a lot of time this week desecrating a work of art with countless messages, workers on Tuesday set up a temporary shelter around the landmark sculpture on the square of the Chicago Federal Government Building. Installed a fence.
Alexander Calder’s towering orange ‘Flamingo’ sculpture is one of the city’s most famous public art pieces. But while the message is being deleted, it will be off-limits, at least for a while.
Surveillance cameras at the Kruczynski Federal Building at 230 Dearborn South captured footage of the ongoing defacement, officials said. However, no arrests have been made.
The graffiti is a collection of seemingly unrelated names, sayings and references, from a man in a mental hospital in Hawaii more than 30 years ago to a request for money and the “Obama Constitutional Act”, shown below. It is