Judging from some pictures taken by Lee Bey, the restoration has made a noticeable improvement to the appearance of this sculpture.
|photo by Lee Bey|
I discovered an interesting bit of trivia as I was exploring the comments Mr. Bey's article. Back in 1974, Calder was having great success in Chicago - he had been commissioned to create two sculptures, one for the lobby of the Sears Tower and another for Federal Plaza (the Flamingo) and on October 25th, a major exhibit of his works was opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art. To celebrate the occasion, Mayor Richard J. Daley declared the day as "Alexander Calder Day" and held a parade with circus wagons, clowns, unicyclists, and several marching bands. Alexander Calder himself was in the parade, introduced as "Alexander the Great" and rode on top of a Schlitz beer wagon pulled by 40 horses.
Now that would have been something to see!