Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Thomas Schutte (German, b. 1954)

Ganz Grosse Geister (Big Spirits XL), 2004

Enamel on cast aluminum

Three figures, each: 16 ft. high (4.9 m)

Collection Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Edlis/Neeson Art Acquisition Fund.

Schütte challenges statuary traditions with these giant effigies of amorphous beings—recalling the rotund icon of travel guides or the Michelin man—giving mass and presence to vaporous beings. The three chimeric figures reflect a world of imagination, filled with aliens, ghosts, and goblins. The sculpture is Schütte’s first public outdoor work in the US.