State Street is going to explode with color this summer, but not
because they're planting a lot of flowers. June 5-Sept. 30, the art
installation "Color Jam" will cover the buildings, streets and
sidewalks at the intersection of State and Adams streets with
The artwork, paid for by the Chicago Loop Alliance, is the
creation of local artist Jessica Stockholder.
"She'll drip color on that intersection, on the sidewalk and on
the street itself," says Ty Tabing, executive director for the CLA.
"We've been working with the property owners and the city to do
that, which is a bit of an undertaking. The scale will be quite
large and engaging."
The colors actually will be mostly adhesive vinyl, stuck to
sidewalks and buildings at the intersection.
"They're shapes and color put into the landscape that will slip
past the edges of those elements, so a person can both look at the
work and they're on the work," says Stockholder.
"... For a person who just happens upon the work, I expect it
will just shift a person's awareness or perception of where they
are a little bit in a way that's playful and enjoyable."
There also will be ongoing events during the summer in
conjunction with the artwork. On June 21, the area will be part of
"Make Music Chicago." Musicians will be performing within the
artwork and amateur musicians are invited to bring their instrument
and participate. On Aug. 18, there will be blank 6-foot-by-16-foot
boards, paintbrushes and paint, as well as a presentation by
Stockholder, so visitors can try their hand at helping to create a
To sign up for the Aug. 18 event or for information on other
programs, visit chicagoloopalliance.com.
"We hope it's going to be a really immersive experience that
captures the attention and curiosity of people of all ages," Tabing
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
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