SAIC professor and 606 designer Frances Whitehead cultivates the cultural future of Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail.
SAIC professor and 606 designer Frances Whitehead cultivates the cultural future of Chicago’s Bloomingdale Trail.
August 14

Blazing a New Trail: Frances Whitehead and the 606

On August 9 Chicago Tribune columnist Christopher Borrelli outlined the 606, Chicago’s $124 million plan to transform the Bloomingdale Trail into a major outdoor urban sanctuary. In addition to working with landscape architects Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, 606 designer and SAIC professor Frances Whitehead (Sculpture) is collaborating with Deputy Commissioner of Cultural Affairs and Special Events Angel Ysaguirre to commission a rotating series of artworks along the trail. “How do you treat the artful heritage already in place? How do you work with the industrial look of this place, this strange cultural heritage we inherited, without losing its heritage?” she asks Borrelli. “I've worked on questions like this for Cleveland steel mills, the crumbling historical center of Lima, Peru. What we've come to understand is it's not about the past or the now. It's about the future of a place.”