Clipped From Alton Evening Telegraph
at to Illinois L. Picasso Day Observed In Chicago By Chares-Gene McDaniel CHICAGO (AP) —Today was Picasso day in Chicago. Mayor Richard J. Daley made the designation in honor of Pablo Pablo Picasso, who gave to the city the design for a five-story sculpture sculpture for the plaza in front of the new civic center. Even before the unveiling in ceremonies today, the work was the center of controversy. Art lovers termed it another masterpiece from the hands of the 85-year-old artist, long considered considered the leader of the avant garde of the art wbrld. > Other labeled the 160-ton, 50- foot abstraction in rusty steel a $300,000 piece of junk. Gwendolyn Brooks, Pulitzer Prize - winning poet, wrote a poem to commemorate the occasion occasion in which she takes note of the controversy. The poem begins: "Does man love art? Man visits visits art, but squirms. "Art hurts. Art urges Voy- and begin ages— "And it is easier to stay at home, "The nice beer ready...." As with so much of Picasso's work, it the "what is it?" that has stirred up speculation and controversy — and even anger.