Art on the Mart

Art on the Mart Opening Night

Public art at its best.  It is touted to be the world’s largest permanent art projection – art projected on over two football-fields size of the facade of  Merchandise Mart (theMart).  According to Wired magazine, “the project uses 3D architectural mapping to display art via 1 million lumens on the building’s massive facade” and may be instrumental for Chicago surpassing Paris as the city of lights and certainly stealing Dubai’s title as home of the largest digital art show.   Have a look at the website here.

The spectacular  public opening was last night (September 29), attended by hundreds, if not thousands of people.  The city blocked the stretch of Wacker Drive from basically, Michigan Ave. to Orleans (or thereabouts). Four inaugural artists were featured:  Diana Thater, Zheng Chongbin, Jason Salavon and Jan Tichy whose works were certainly masterful, whimsical and cerebral and at the end, a pathetic fireworks display.

Here are some photos (randomly ordered – this new editor for WordPress sucks big time.  Still have to learn it):

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