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Foto Friday: American Gothic Statue in Chicago

Posted on Friday, March 20th, 2009 at 5:59 pm CET

This 25-foot sculpture by J. Steward Johnson is called God Bless America and was installed on Pioneer Court in Chicago last December 2008. It is based on one of the most famous American paintings, American Gothic (1930) by Grant Wood, which is in the Art Institute of Chicago.

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I find that they have done a really good paint job; it’s almost as if you’re looking at a two-dimensional painting when you’re standing in front of it. I thought it was pretty cool. At the foot of the statue is a large suitcase, which for some reason I didn’t include in my pictures.

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Chicago St Pat Day 2009 047 (14-Mar)


Apr 21, 2009
7:44 pm
#1 karla wrote:

Do you know how long this sculpture will remain in Chicago?

Apr 23, 2009
12:44 pm
#2 Wolfstad wrote:

@karla: I couldn’t find any information about how long the statue will stay there.

Jun 5, 2009
11:04 am
#3 MAW wrote:

The sculpture will stay through October 2010.

Jun 5, 2009
12:13 pm
#4 Wolfstad wrote:

Thanks MAW

Jul 27, 2009
6:40 pm
#5 sharoo wrote:

This was interesting. Where is Pioneer Court? I think I would like to make the trip up to see it!

Jul 27, 2009
6:48 pm
#6 Wolfstad wrote:

Sharoo: Pioneer Court is right here between Michigan Avenue Bridge and the Tribune Tower.

Aug 20, 2009
8:29 am
#7 Dawn wrote:

I am looking for a source to purchase a small statue of the american gothic couple. I am thinking 6-8″, does anyone one know of a web site or store where I could do so.

Dec 25, 2009
1:23 pm
#8 Dave wrote:

Does anyone have a source for 20-24″ tall statues of the American Gothic?

Feb 26, 2010
2:33 pm
#9 Katie K. wrote:

I work in the building the statue was in front of in Chicago – it was moved as of today. Guess it’s touring sooner!

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