Alum’s Flower Collages Greet Winter CTA Commuters
On December 26 Hyperallergic contributor Alicia Eler spotlighted The Climb/Reality, a public art installation by SAIC alumnus Stephen Eichhorn (BFA 2006) at the Damen Blue Line CTA Station, which serves more than two million riders a year. Open through mid February, the installation is part of the “Adopt a Station” project from artist-run Johalla Projects—co-founded by alumnus Tyler Blackwell (BFA 2013)—and funded by Chicago’s Special Service Area Program’s Art Committee. Eichhorn’s works feature collaged images of lush foliage organized in circular, organic forms. “The Climb/Reality involves lots and lots of flowers, which are exactly what we don’t see around Chicago during these cold winter months,” says Eler. Public projects by SAIC community members popped up in major metropolitan transit hubs throughout 2013. In August, Latent Design, led by principle and faculty member Katherine Darnstadt, won the Metropolitan Planning Council’s “Activate Union Station” contest with the “interactive playpen” Blah Blah Blob!. Last winter, HEARD•NY by faculty member Nick Cave (Fashion) populated New York City’s Grand Central Station with 30 animated Soundsuits.