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Artist Disappointed With Sculpture's New Look

By Ali Trachta in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 25, 2008 6:43PM

2008_04_communicationx9.jpgA large sculpture that was removed from its 150 N. Michigan location three years ago was quietly put back up last month, but the artist is pissed.

The piece, a 43-foot stainless steel structure titled Communication X9, was taken down by the owners of the property -- and sculpture -- so that it could be restored. The “restoration,” however, led to a complete makeover. Yaacov Agam, the artist who contributed the piece in 1983, believes it can no longer be considered his work. According to him, "The public should know that this is not a real Agam. It is an unauthorized copy."

Jones Lang LaSalle, the real estate firm that represents building ownership, is happy with the results, but since Agam is not-so-much, he’ll be visiting Chicago again next month to meet with his attorney. [Trib]