Image via WikipediaThe James R. Thompson Center is something of an odd duck architecturally speaking. It was built in the early 90s to house state offices in downtown Chicago like a giant governmental shopping mall. It's a big, bulky glass and steel building that mixes trappings of a serious modern office building with whimsical candy colored columns. Depending on the angle you look at it from the Thompson Center can be either hideously ugly or breathtakingly beautiful. It's full of abstract art. A lot of the art pieces are kind of ugly but I've always liked the one below.
M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy - [image: M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy] M51: The Whirlpool Galaxy
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