Final week, artist Olafur Eliasson (previously) unveiled a large, wave-like art work that mimics the rippled surfaces of the Chicago River and Lake Michigan. Comprised of 1,963 curved tiles, “Atmospheric wave wall” sits between the 2 our bodies of water at Willis Tower and shifts in look primarily based on the daylight, time of 12 months, and place of the viewer. It’s the Danish-Icelandic artist’s first public mission, which was curated by CNL Projects and commissioned by EQ Office, in Chicago.
Speckled with orange items, the blue-and-green motif is constructed with powder-coated metal and primarily based on Penrose tiling, a design with fivefold symmetry, which fills the undulating border. At evening, a light-weight shines by way of the street-side work, emitting a glow by way of the tile seams and additional altering the looks of the textured facade. Eliasson says concerning the work:
Impressed by the unpredictable climate that I witnessed stirring up the floor of Lake Michigan, ‘Atmospheric wave wall’ seems to vary in keeping with your place and to the time of day and 12 months. What we see depends upon our perspective: understanding this is a crucial step towards realizing that we are able to change actuality.
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