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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Totally Tubular! Chicago Art Aficionados Go Gaga For Wabash Lights
Oct31

Totally Tubular! Chicago Art Aficionados Go Gaga For Wabash Lights

It smells of diesel. Weird stuff drips down from it. The noise is unnerving every few minutes. I’m referring, of course, to the CTA elevated train tracks in the Loop. For tourists and locals alike, walking under the L tracks may not seem like strolling through a field of daisies. Jack Newell, Seth Unger and Justin Wardell aim to change that. They are the brains behind The Wabash Lights. It’s a bold public art initiative using light as...

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