Chicago, U.S.A.

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Chicago, U.S.A.

Chicago, U.S.A.

Well known for spectacular skyscrapers, the Windy City also stands head and shoulders above other cities when it comes to public art. Stroll around the downtown Loop area and you'll see dozens of sculptures and other works, including the Chicago Picasso -- a 50-foot Cubist sculpture that was once considered an eyesore but is now a beloved city landmark where children climb and play. Across the street is another large sculpture by Joan Miro, and just a few blocks away is a magnificent, vibrantly colored mosaic by Marc Chagall called "The Four Seasons." But Chicago's most popular public art installation is a recent addition: 2006's Cloud Gate (also known as "the Bean"), whose reflective stainless steel curves have starred in many a tourist photograph.

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