New public projects enliven Union Station and the University of Chicago Medicine Gallery.
New public projects enliven Union Station and the University of Chicago Medicine Gallery.
August 22

The Train Station and the Hospital: SAIC Community Work across Chicagoland

On August 14, the Chicagoist spotlighted Blah Blah Blob! by Latent Design, winner of the Metropolitan Planning Council’s “Activate Union Station” contest.  The inflatable nylon “playpen” will be erected over an artificial lawn on the Plaza at Fifth Third Center where it will be used to host lectures other special events. Latent Design principle and SAIC faculty member Katherine Darnstadt says the project is “a collective act that combines our desires to create shared public space and enjoy our urban environment. It isn’t solely defined by how it looks or who utilizes it, but instead by how well it engenders connectivity, activity, comfort and fun.” Blah Blah Blob! will be displayed from August 24 through September 2. SAIC community members also enrich public space at the University of Chicago Medicine Gallery in Warp and Weft: Deviations Away from the Woven Image.  Works by Susie Brandt (MFA 1987), Patty Carrol (Photography), Michelle Grabner (Painting and Drawing), Carole Harmel (MFA 1971), Julie Laffin (MFA 1990), Mel Theobald (MFA 1971), and Kathleen Waterloo (BFA 1996) explore the implications of textural influence.