Alexander Calder's Flamingo

Chicago, IL | May 02, 2013
Alexander Calder Flamingo

Alexander Calder’s Flamingo is a 53 foot tall sculpture weighing 50 tons located in Federal Plaza in the Chicago Loop at the intersection of West Adams Street and South Dearborn Street. The sculpture was constructed in 1973 and unveiled to the public on October 25, 1974.

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Timeline

Log of acoustic events during this field recording:

0:00
Guy talking and traffic going by
0:15
Distant emergency siren
0:25
Distant women's voices talking
1:40
Whistles and an odd sound (bicycle or cart) going by
2:40
Traffic going by
3:15
Truck starts up nearby
3:35
Truck gradually drives away
4:05
Airbrake hiss
4:20
People's voices, conversation gets louder
4:40
Distant laughter
4:55
Pushcart wobbles by
5:30
Distant soulful music
5:45
People's voices talking
6:20
Some distant honks
7:14
More somewhat louder honks
7:45
Loud truck starts up and drives away
8:05
Voices and footsteps
8:40
Closer voices and laughter
9:08
Another truck drives by
9:20
Voices continue
9:50
Traffic picks up
10:10
Some kind of cart rolls by
10:30
Traffic louder and more honking
11:10
More voices, street scrubbing and someone's music

Chicago Loop Map

Selection from the AAA 1972 map of the Chicago Loop including Federal Plaza

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