LIGHTSCAPE: A MULTISENSORY EXPERIENCE ON STATE STREET
In November of 2011, Mayor Rahm Emanuel officially unveiled Chicago’s newest attraction: Lightscape: A Multisensory Experience on State Street. The one-of-a-kind installation is located in twelve planters–each comprised of dozens of LED lights–along State Street from Lake to Van Buren. Between 10 am and 8 pm each day, the installation’s embedded speakers broadcast musical selections and special announcements, as lights change patterns in synchronization with songs.
Presented by the Animus Arts Collective, they create these urban “cacti” by linking brightly colored cable ties thousands of times around a lamppost. According to the makers of this project, “We as artists wanted to create something of beauty out of everyday items. We wanted to show that making art doesn’t require a lot of resources, formal education, or even money. Art and creativity are things we’re all capable of.”
Great ideas are often simple ideas. Take this project by the German graphic designer and street artist Kong. Using styrofoam balls, Kong transformed a number of urban objects and street furniture like post boxes, garbage bins and public toilets into funny looking puppets that strongly remind of Sesame Street’s Elmo and Cookie Monster. Small effort, surprising result. Click here for the full series of photos of Kong’s ‘They Live’ project!