Eric Keune: ...And so Bill Hartmann goes over there with a $100,000 check in his pocket and presents it to [Picasso] and says, We can never repay you for what you've done, and it's so great, and we're so excited. Will you accept this as a thank you from the city for all your hard work? And [Picasso] takes the check and looks at it and says, No, and he gives it back, and he says, This is my gift to the people of Chicago, now and forever.
People, SOM in the Press
Eric Keune and Mayor Rahm Emanuel Discuss the Chicago Picasso's 50th Anniversary
Source: Chicago Stories Podcast