Rebuild Foundation And Theaster Gates Open Newly Restored Stony Island Arts Bank
Sep23

Rebuild Foundation And Theaster Gates Open Newly Restored Stony Island Arts Bank

After years of decay, the newly-restored Stony Island Arts Bank is ready to shine again. The 17,000 square foot building was the most ambitious project undertaken by Rebuild Foundation and its founder, artist/urban planner Theaster Gates, Jr. Stony Island Arts Bank will officially re-open on Oct. 3 as a primary venue for the Chicago Architectural Biennial. A sneak preview was offered over the weekend at the facility at 68th Street and...

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Spilling The Bean: Cloud Gate Gets A Twin In China
Aug12

Spilling The Bean: Cloud Gate Gets A Twin In China

Millennium Park’s iconic centerpiece sculpture “Cloud Gate” evidently has a twin bean, all the way over in the Chinese town of Karamay, according to the government-run newspaper People’s Daily Online. The oil producing town fittingly refers to its sculpture as a “big oil bubble.” People’s Daily reports that the stainless steel sculpture is scheduled for official unveiling later this month. The sculpture has been in the...

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Wabash Art Gets The Green Light — and Blue and Orange and Yellow…
Jul28

Wabash Art Gets The Green Light — and Blue and Orange and Yellow…

The ambitious and inspirational art project that seeks to line the underside of the CTA L tracks on Wabash Avenue with multi-colored lights is going to get a test.  Thanks to almost $60,000 donated by nearly a thousand people through a Kickstarter campaign, the CTA and CDOT will allow artists Jack Newell and Seth Unger to install light tubes on a small test section of the street. The plan is to install the test between Monroe and...

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Want a Better Wabash Avenue? Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is
Jul06

Want a Better Wabash Avenue? Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Ten months ago we told you about an interesting proposal to renovate, revitalize, and quite literally light up Wabash Avenue in The Loop.  It’s called The Wabash Lights, and involves lining the underside of the L tracks on Wabash with hundreds of illuminated colored tubes. Sure, it’s an art project, but it’s also a renovation project — trying to turn the slightly run-down commercial corridor into something better....

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Brick Jockey Building Downtown Chicago One Lego at a Time
Jun08

Brick Jockey Building Downtown Chicago One Lego at a Time

Who of a certain age doesn’t love Legos?  As children we used piles of the multi-colored magic to turn our fantasies into reality, while barefooted nocturnal fathers cursed the tiny bricks, and indifferent mothers Hoovered them into clattering oblivion. No such tension exists in the Bronzeville home of Rocco Buttliere, where the IIT student is re-creating Chicago’s architectural nexus out of thousands of shiny plastic...

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Art Break: Exhibit Uses Architecture in a Pointed Way
Jun08

Art Break: Exhibit Uses Architecture in a Pointed Way

Next time you’re down in the greater University of Chicago area, stop by the Hyde Park Art Center (5020 South Cornell Avenue) to see what Susan Giles has done with four architectural landmarks. The Chicago artist has created enormous models of the world’s four tallest observation towers as part of her exhibit Scenic Overlook.  If you’re scratching your brain trying to remember which four towers currently hold the...

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Architecture and Art Come Together in Millennium Park
May22

Architecture and Art Come Together in Millennium Park

It’s already been built, but that doesn’t seem to matter.  Yesterday the Chicago Plan Commission approved the construction of a temporary art pavilion in Millennium Park. Chicago Architecture Blog reporter Daniel Schell was there when the city gave the go-ahead to the project called Small Chapel for One Person or at Most a Couple.  It’s a pavilion designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects for showcasing the work of...

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Theaster Gates to Open Free Public Sculpture Garden in Grand Crossing
Apr27

Theaster Gates to Open Free Public Sculpture Garden in Grand Crossing

Chicago artist, professor, and social activist Theaster Gates is going to open a new sculpture garden on the south side of Chicago. The artist has entered into an agreement with the city of Chicago to lease a piece of city-owned land at 1245 East 72nd Place for the garden, which will be his to use for $1 in perpetuity. As part of the deal, the park must be open to the public free of charge, and it cannot host any political or...

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The Ultimate Chicago Architecture Collage
Feb09

The Ultimate Chicago Architecture Collage

From tote bags to corporate logos to web sites, people love mashing all of Chicago’s architectural landmarks into one image of a fantasy skyline that couldn’t possibly exist.  But wouldn’t it be great if a professional artist took a whack at it?  And had a room-sized canvas to work with?  And the backing of a big-name architecture firm? That’s what you see above.  It’s a mural called, appropriately...

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Frozen Chicago From Above
Jan25

Frozen Chicago From Above

Thanks to Spy Tim for dropping a link in our Tip Line to this video by Soaring Badger Productions taken by one of those toy quadcopters.  It’s a tour of the downtown Chicago shoreline on a frosty frosty Chicago day. Quadcopters were all the rage this past Christmas, and high quality videos are starting to flood the video sharing sites.  Expect to see a lot more of these sort of videos. It’s a nice video, with lots of...

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