| CHICAGO, June 12
CHICAGO, June 12 Two outsize egos are sparring
over a Chicago landmark, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel complaining
that Donald Trump has put an "architecturally tasteless" sign on
the city's second-tallest building - a display of giant letters
spelling out the real estate tycoon's name.
"Mayor Emanuel believes this is an architecturally tasteful
building scarred by an architecturally tasteless sign,"
spokeswoman Kelley Quinn said on Thursday.
Trump is installing the 20-foot-high (6-meter-high) letters
on the 96-story Trump International Hotel and Tower in the
nation's third-largest city. The sign was nearly complete
Trump said that he was surprised that Emanuel didn't like
the sign, since his administration had approved it. Trump noted
that it had given work to Chicagoans.
"It's a very popular sign - people are loving it," Trump
said in an interview.
The Chicago Tribune's architecture critic, Blair Kamin,
noted that the stainless steel letters, which rise more than 200
feet (61 meters) above the ground, "loom over a venerable
cluster of 1920s skyscrapers" and threaten to spoil the view for
the ongoing expansion of Chicago's Riverwalk, a key Emanuel
The mayor's office said the sign had already been reduced in
size and scope, but that he has asked his staff to see if there
are any options available for further changes.
Peter Hill, 58, an instructor at the Illinois Institute of
Art and a photographer, said he liked the sign and thinks
Chicagoans will adjust.
"People don't like to see the city change," said Hill, who
had been walking near the tower. "But they'll get used to it."
(Reporting by Mary Wisniewski; Editing by Eric Walsh)