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Art Fri Jul 17 2015

Kickstarter Campaign for The Wabash Lights Public Art Installation

The Wabash Lights has gone live with their Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a public art installation below the "L" on Wabash Avenue. By transforming the elevated tracks from Lake to Van Buren into an interactive and public display of light and color, The Wabash Lights will invite visitors and locals alike. With less than two weeks to go, the Kickstarter campaign has reached over half of its goal, but still needs the full amount in order to fund a beta test installation. The test will essentially troubleshoot any technical and design challenges for 12 months. Once the beta test is complete, the capital campaign will fund the final installation.

The project, which will include over 5,000 LED light tubes, will be situated on the underside of the tracks on Wabash Avenue. Phase One plans include over 20,000 feet of lights along a two-block stretch from Madison to Adams.Typically a dimly lit area in the city, Wabash Avenue would be transformed by the re-energization by the two designers, Jack Newell and Seth Unger. Not only will visitors be able to appreciate the array of colors, but they will also be able to interact and design how colors and hues appear. By utilizing a smartphone or computer, individuals can program and design the LED lights to their personal preference.

In order to donate money and receive awards such as Facebook shout outs, a party pack, Ttshirts, an artist's dinner, plus much more, back the project up on Kickstarter.

 
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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

Paul Goldberger Describes the "Pragmatism and Poetry" of Frank Gehry's Architecture in His New Book

By Nancy Bishop

Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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Steve at the Movies Fri Jan 01 2016

Best Feature Films & Documentaries of 2015

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