From time to time, Chicago Loop Alliance commissions renowned and emerging artists to create dynamic, site-specific public artworks in highly-visible locations throughout the Loop.
This initiative began in 2010 with artist Tony Tasset’s three-story eyeball sculpture and accompanying cardinal street banners. Located in Pritzker Park, EYE “saw” hundreds of thousands of visitors and garnered more than 180 million media impressions from around the world. The following summer, Kay Rosen connected art to action with a mural, “GO DO GOOD,” painted in bright yellow and black on a wall of a downtown skyscraper. And in 2012, Jessica Stockholder created a site-specific, three-dimensional work of art titled “Color Jam” that saturated streets, sidewalks and building facades with a bold and resonant palette of colors.
More recently, in 2013, Chicago Loop Alliance unveiled "Float"—a mural at the corner of State and Adams streets created by illustrator and designer Noah MacMillan. The artwork, which is the largest of its kind in Chicago, depicts a surreal parade winding through downtown Chicago, in which colorful sea-creature floats appear to swim through the streets. Also in 2013, local artist Nate Otto brought his imaginative "Cityscape" to banners along State Street.
Chicago Loop Alliance's public art installations are an integral part of the organization's work in activating public spaces using art, design and technology. By attracting visitors to overlooked or otherwise under-appreciated corners of the Loop, the works serve the public, promote creative expression and create value for Loop businesses and institutions.