Calder’s Flamingo
Calder’s Flamingo
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Neighbourhood: Downtown / The Loop
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  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,350 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Much Photographed Artwork in Chicago's Loop
    Alexander Calder's Flamingo has sat at Federal Plaza in Chicago's Loop since 1974. It is a much-photographed piece of art and has become quite an iconic part of downtown Chicago. Certainly, worth a drive by and if you have time to kill, it's a nice spot to sit during the warmer months of the year.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 10 March 2024
  • Eva T
    United Kingdom2,450 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big red metal piece
    The red coloured metal sculptre is situated on big square near the Post Office. Nobody can miss it. It's interesting but you have to have big imagination to guess what the artist had on mind. Definitely very modern.
    Visited May 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 May 2024
  • SeekerOfGoodValue
    Saint Louis, Missouri353 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Global Art for a Global City, Part 1
    This bright red steel sculpture stands out like a huge but abstract modernist creature (flamingo or spider) against the dark and sterile backdrop of modernist architecture. This is one of four large artworks (Calder, Chagall, Miro, and Picasso) w/in a few blocks of each other inside the Loop along Dearborn. Installed between 1967 and 1981, these four artworks celebrate Chicago's status as a Great City. Very walkable. Very cool. Be proud Chicago.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 June 2024
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nicholebowers
Stamford, Connecticut69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
A nice piece of public art representative of the artist’s style and in his “signature” color. It was a surprise to see a smaller version of it at the Art Institute the next day. Worth a walk by if you’re in the area.
Written 27 August 2022
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TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,350 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Friends
Alexander Calder's Flamingo has sat at Federal Plaza in Chicago's Loop since 1974. It is a much-photographed piece of art and has become quite an iconic part of downtown Chicago. Certainly, worth a drive by and if you have time to kill, it's a nice spot to sit during the warmer months of the year.
Written 10 March 2024
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL21,818 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2022
For me this public art sculpture was Chicago. It is featured in many movies set in the city. It sits in an open space surrounded by tall buildings. We saw it between our hotel and a visit to the Willis Tower. We could even see it from the Willis Tower but the shadows make it difficult to see. Still this is a cool piece of public art that for me symbolizes Chicago. I simply had to see it.
Written 24 July 2022
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SeekerOfGoodValue
Saint Louis, MO353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2024 • Family
This bright red steel sculpture stands out like a huge but abstract modernist creature (flamingo or spider) against the dark and sterile backdrop of modernist architecture. This is one of four large artworks (Calder, Chagall, Miro, and Picasso) w/in a few blocks of each other inside the Loop along Dearborn. Installed between 1967 and 1981, these four artworks celebrate Chicago's status as a Great City. Very walkable. Very cool. Be proud Chicago.
Written 19 June 2024
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Eva T
United Kingdom2,450 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
The red coloured metal sculptre is situated on big square near the Post Office. Nobody can miss it. It's interesting but you have to have big imagination to guess what the artist had on mind. Definitely very modern.
Written 30 May 2024
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liverpool1023
London, UK1,141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Calder’s huge sculpture is one to incorporate in your walking tour of the loop on the way to the Willis tower. This monumental piece of ironmongery fails to work at this scale, but provides a bit of relief from the austere corporate building fronts around it.
Written 7 March 2020
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Martin S
Cranford, NJ1,695 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2019 • Solo
This is one of many great public pieces of art in Chicago along with The Picasso Statue In Daley Plaza, The Miro Statue right across the street from it, and many others.

Calder’s Flamingo in on Adams Street right outside the Federal Building. It is red ( “Calder Red” to be exact). It’s 53 feet tall and stands out during the day or at night. Lighting at night makes it very cool but the red color always works day or night.

It’s back drop is all the dark office buildings nearby which really makes for s nice setting.
Seeing these statues makes one realize the great art that exists in Chicago and is free to look at and enjoy every day!
Written 15 July 2019
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Irina
United States13,541 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Solo
Tastes differ, and art is highly personal, both in creation and in perception.

The 53-foot tall abstract structure and its placement in the company of dark-colored sky-scrapers looks to me as a very sharp creation by the famous artist Alexander Calder. Placed on the Federal Plaza, it was unveiled to the general public in 1974. The giant sculpture looks absolutely stunning in its shape and 'Calder Red' color against the dark-colored, rectangular sky-scrapers and the blue sky high above.

The closer I came to the sculpture - the more I liked it. It is impressive, unique and very photogenic. If you take photos close up, it almost looks the size of sky-scrapers.

If not taller.
Written 9 April 2018
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Luvs2TravelAnywhere
New York City, NY7,202 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016
The Flamingo Statue is pretty incredible. Our docent on the Art Deco tour pointed it out although it stands out on its own...delightful!
Written 10 April 2016
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MooreReviews
Baltimore, MD392 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Chicago has amazing art and architecture. Many of the public art in the city is amazing to see. If you have a chance, keep an eye out for these great things to see.
Written 29 October 2019
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