Jean Dubuffet's Monument with Standing Beast
Public Art Program > Standing Beast
100 W. Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601
Artist Jean Dubuffet felt a special affection for Chicago, home to one of his three monumental sculpture commissions in this country. Monument with Standing Beast is comprised of four elements that suggest a standing animal, a tree, a portal and an architectural form. The configuration invites viewers to enter the sculpture and echoes the dramatically open plan of the James R. Thompson Center.
Dubuffet described the sculpture as a “drawing which extends…into space” and hoped it would resonate with the average person on the street. Monument with Standing Beast reflects Dubuffet’s career-long development of his own often brutal, urban style utilizing street language, graffiti and caricature.
Learn more about the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Public Art Program.