Mayor Emanuel Welcomes Alum’s City-Commissioned Work
On November 20 Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) announced the construction of Hot Rod, a 200-foot long by 8-foot tall installation by SAIC alumnus Orly Genger (Post-Bac 2002). Genger received $65,000 from the Chicago Park District to complete the work, which will stand for one year along the lakefront trail northeast of Lake Shore Drive and Monroe Street. "Chicago is known for its great art and architecture and this innovative sculpture will add to the beauty of our lakefront for residents and visitors to enjoy," says Mayor Emanuel. "As a student of the Art Institute, Orly Genger knows Chicago and has crafted a piece that will catch your eye and spark conversation." Made entirely of recycled lobster rope, Hot Rod is reminiscent of Genger’s recent Madison Square Park installation Red, Yellow and Blue, which she constructed from more than 1.4 million feet of repurposed rope. SAIC has ties to many of Chicago's prominent public art works, such as Jaume Plensa's Crown Fountain—developed in partnership with SAIC's Art & Technology Studies department—and the popular Riverwalk Gateway, an underground mural by former faculty member and alumna Ellen Lanyon (BFA 1948) that links the Chicago Riverwalk to the lakefront bicycle path.