The Chicago Tribune recently published an article that puts a project called “Gary Streetlights” in the spotlight. The project is an artistic collaboration helmed by SAIC faculty member Jan Tichy (Photography, Art and Technology) that aims to install lights in parks around Gary, Indiana. “Gary Streelights” is a small part of a larger organization called the Heat Light Water Project.
The lights will be designed by artists to be “responsive, networked and reprogrammable” in an attempt to “marry art with infrastructure,” as the Tribune explains. The project is funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to the Legacy Foundation and Tichy.
"The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and some of the professors have been working in Gary on community engagement projects for the past couple of years,” said the Legacy Foundation’s director of grants and partnership, Kelly Anoe. “That’s what attracted us to this project, the community engagement.” A community forum on June 4 will kick off the project.