ROCK and the Bean I Fall 2015
Rock and the Bean was a work in progress installation of salvaged historic raw limestone rocks from the shoreline of the South Side of Chicago. Conceptualized as part of a forthcoming pavilion on Montrose Beach designed by Dutch-Nigerian architect Kunle Adeyemi/NLE, the "pop up" installation was part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial in 2015 and displayed and activated next to Anish Kapoor's Cloud Gate (affectionately called "the bean"). The project was a collaboration between the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and NLE.
For this project the student team worked on an exceptionally tight schedule to conceptualize and produce several public programs, including the opening celebration. The team curated and produced three unique programs, managed budgets, administration and logistics, and developed marketing materials. This involved working with union crews and numerous presenting partners.
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Note: in the video listed below, MAAPP students discuss their part of the project at 3:25-5:00.