“The biggest piece of public art in Chicago’s history – an interactive light sculpture under the Wabash L tracks, designed by you.”
The Wabash Lights is an art installation of light fixtures on the underside of the elevated train tracks on Wabash Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Using over 24,000 programmable light emitting diodes (LEDs) to transform an iconic piece of Chicago infrastructure and history, The Wabash Lights will create a publicly accessible canvas for a dynamic, interactive and creative experience that will in turn re-energize Wabash Avenue and redefine the Chicago Loop.
Once fully installed, The Wabash Lights will be programmable by anyone with a phone through app or text: the first work of public art to marry light, technology and community.
The creators of the Wabash Lights project, Jack Newell and Seth Unger, will give an overview of their project: what it has taken to bring the project to its current point, discussing issues they’ve encountered along the way, as a way of educating the audience on how grassroots projects such as this come about and how that path differs compared to the standard client process. They will explain where they are currently in the project and what needs to happen to complete the final phase, which they just entered with their recently successful second round of Kickstarter funding.
Lastly, they will bring one of the LED light strips and their newly completed app, as a first live show, and explain how the final installation will work with the app and the public. The presentation will then be followed up with a Q&A and possibly the ability to interact with the app and light bar.
Bring your lunch; beverages provided.
Regional and Urban Design KC
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