We asked the experts: If you could have any public artwork in Chicago, what would it be?
Mike Genovese: "I'd like to see a public, large-scale, object-based art project from [multimedia artist] Guillermo Gomez-Pena. I think of Guillermo because of his extremism, his vivid take on everyday life and his choice to depict social commentary that relates to him."
Kathryn Hixson: "Janet Cardiff's Her Long Black Hair." [A 35-minute audio installation that takes listeners on a journey through New York's Central Park, retracing the footsteps of a mysterious woman.]
Tim Samuelson: The local historian would like to see the return of Floor Clock—a kinetic sculpture surrounded by benches, by Vito Acconci and Steven Holl, formerly located in Equitable Plaza. "[The clock hands] would go around and gently sweep you off the bench. If I had loads of money, I would restore and endow that piece so it would run forever."
Hamza Walker: "One of Chicago-based artist Gaylen Gerber's gray paintings on the Outdoor Movie Festival screen in Grant Park. In keeping with works such as Dan Peterman's dance floor and Daniel Buren's Watch the Doors Please, a Gerber movie screen used for outdoor summer screenings would be a superb acquisition."
Julia Bachrach: "If I had $10 million, I'd spend every penny on conservation—and that still wouldn't be enough."