Sculpture: Windy City Windfall

"C'est un don, un cadeau pour Chicago," said Pablo Picasso. "It's a donation, a gift for Chicago." With those words, the Windy City became the recipient of one of the most magnificent windfalls in its history: Picasso's $100,-000 design for a 50-ft. sculpture to stand in front of the city's new $87 million civic center. Also without charge, the Spanish master—who will turn 85 next month—threw in his original 42-in. maquette for the Chicago Art Institute.

In announcing the gift last week, Architect William Hartmann, a partner in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill,...

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