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The Bean & the Picasso
Thursday night before the Giving Conference, we gathered somewhat under The Bean. Sunday after it was all over, a couple of us passed under the Picasso. Here's a Chicago Tribune editoral about the names.

For me these two sculptures do a fine job of bracketing the weekend's experiences, though the future continues so the closing isn't so closed. The Bean left me with "What is that?" just before the conference actually kicked off. And that's what I thought about the conference too. What is this going to be? I kept thinking it all through the conference as well.

At the end of the weekend, three of us passed under the Picasso in Daley Plaza and noticed that while we thought some of the forms were familiar, they were pieced together in a while different way, leaving the impression of something totally new. That's also how I feel about the conference.