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God Bless America, the 25-foot-tall sculpture by J. Seward Johnson that is a remake of <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEHST002142" title="Grant Wood" href="/topic/arts-culture/grant-wood-PEHST002142.topic">Grant Wood</a>'s "American Gothic" painting, has been featured in the plaza at 401 N. Michigan Avenue since December of 2008. To the chagrin of critics, it quickly became one of the biggest art draws in a city that boasts <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLTRA0000109" title="Cloud Gate" href="/topic/arts-culture/cloud-gate-PLTRA0000109.topic">the Bean</a> (aka "Cloud Gate") in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000188" title="Millennium Park" href="/topic/travel/tourism-leisure/millennium-park-PLCUL000188.topic">Millennium Park</a>, the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, and Calder's Flamingo in Federal Plaza. The sculpture had previously been on display in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100100409040000" title="Key West" href="/topic/us/florida/monroe-county-%28florida%29/key-west-PLGEO100100409040000.topic">Key West</a>, Fla. before moving to Chicago, where just down the street Wood's "American Gothic" painting is displayed at the <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLCUL000118" title="Art Institute of Chicago" href="/topic/arts-culture/art/art-institute-of-chicago-PLCUL000118.topic">Art Institute of Chicago</a>.

( Tribune photo by Phil Velasquez / September 24, 2009 )

God Bless America, the 25-foot-tall sculpture by J. Seward Johnson that is a remake of Grant Wood's "American Gothic" painting, has been featured in the plaza at 401 N. Michigan Avenue since December of 2008. To the chagrin of critics, it quickly became one of the biggest art draws in a city that boasts the Bean (aka "Cloud Gate") in Millennium Park, the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, and Calder's Flamingo in Federal Plaza. The sculpture had previously been on display in Key West, Fla. before moving to Chicago, where just down the street Wood's "American Gothic" painting is displayed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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