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Urban Art and Its Effects on People

At Jessica Stockholder's new art installation in Chicago, a bystander takes a moment to become part of the piece.

Anyone’s who’s travelled to Chicago in the past few years has probably been exposed to The Chicago Loop Alliance’s Art Loop Project, which is currently in its third year of existence.

The project kicked off in 2010 with a three-story eyeball sculpture in Pritzker Park at the intersection of State and VanBuren. Tony Tasset’s Eye was seen by hundreds of thousands of visitors to State Street and riders on the elevated CTA train overhead. More than 180 million media impressions gave it a global reach.

In 2011 Kay Rosen’s GO DO GOOD urban wall art mural challenged the city to record good deeds and create general good will to State Street passer byes. Over 90,000 good deeds were recorded in few short months.

Now in 2012, Jessica Stockholder has created what I would consider the most ambitious installation to date. Stockholder’s all encompassing piece of art called Color Jam is affixed to all surfaces at the corner of State and Adams streets. It utilized the location's light poles, glass and masonry—with Jessica color knows no boundaries.

The result has been an urban phenomenon—something out of the ordinary that excites the public’s interests and curiosities. The effect of walking through a three-dimensional color envelope affects even the casual observer. Tourists and locals alike have been snapping photos and enjoying the colorful effects of this playful art installation.

Will Jessica’s installation receive as much social media attention as Tasset’s Eye did in 2010, or foster the same level of social awareness as Rosin’s “GO DO GOOD?” That is still to be determined. What is a fact is that it has enlivened an intersection of State Street in Chicago with one of the largest art installations that the city has ever seen.

David is very involved in his community, sitting on nearly a dozen non-for-profit boards and committees, ranging from "Placemaking in the Loop" to "Multicultural Scholars Program at the University of Kansas". A common thread runs through his work and volunteer work- the desire to create great spaces to live, work and play that respond to today's social and economic realities. Contact him at dave_broz@gensler.com.

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