Friday, June 12, 2009

Chicago Model City Exhibit Opening

Well you missed the free wine but this free exhibit runs until November at the Chicago Architecture Foundation. You can find the Chicago Tribune Report about the exhibit on Blair Kamin's blog so I won't go into too much detail here but have provided some pictures.

The Drake sign is missing. The truss around the model carries an LED lighting system to simulate the different times of day. This picture brings to mind a certain Metropolis cover featuring a certain Jeanne Gang.

Can you find the bean?

Navy Pier was lopped off due to space constraints. The intent is to update the model whenever something is proposed or built. What if the other two piers get built? Crain's recently reported on CAF's recent endeavor to find new and larger space.

All in all, I was impressed at the scale of such an undertaking. Columbia Models does some incredible work but I've never personally seen anything of this magnitude. One other comment I heard was, it's too bad we can't get close to the center to see the detail and density of the loop. The model in Shanghai has a glass top that you can walk on to see every part of the city. There's still time.

I hadn't been out to the Santa Fe Building in a while but always admire the atrium housing the exhibit. It's a wonderful space. I can't imagine what it was like to be open to the sky in the old days.

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