Chicago’s largest-ever public art installation, Color Jam, was unveiled Tuesday in the heart of the city’s Loop — covering various surfaces of the intersection of State and Adams with multihued, geometric shapes.
Created by multimedia artist Jessica Stockholder, Color Jam “wraps” the intersection with color in a three-dimensional homage to fabric artist Christo commissioned by the Chicago Loop Alliance’s Art Loop.
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The work is meant to create a landscape that looks like an animated film and, Stockholder previously explained to MutualArt, “an experience that elicits joy and encourages the recognition that things might be otherwise.”
Color Jam is specifically composed of over 76,000 square feet of colored vinyl, which — if you were wondering — is enough material to produce 50,000 copies of the latest Madonna album on vinyl, or to wrap over 130 city buses.
Stockholder has a history of bold outdoor installations, including projects displayed in Madison Square Park in New York and Laumeier Sculpture Park in St. Louis, according to her website.
Color Jam will remain up through September 30 and will be the site of a number of upcoming “jams.” For a peek at how Color Jam came along, Time Out Chicago ran a series of photos from the piece’s installation.