(Above) A traveling herd of bear sculptures that will soon settle down in the Pedway. Photo by GLINTstudios. (Click on images to view larger versions.)
30-Nov-19 Life-size sculptures of bears will be introduced to the Pedway in December. They will help Chicago Loop Alliance draw attention to the network of underground walkways.
The sculptures, called Massimals, a play on the architectural term massing, are by Jason Scroggin, an associate professor of architecture at University of Kentucky College of Design. He says he wanted to use three-dimensional modeling techniques to build something big and engaging that was abstract but recognizable.
I want people to hug architectural form, said Scroggin. While I enjoy presenting the Massimals in a museum or gallery context, they really want to mingle with people in the public realm. I think the Pedway is a great space for them to hibernate and bring a little color and playfulness to people moving through the underground spaces during the colder months in Chicago.
(Left) Photo by Jeff Hofmann of Rainbow Massimals. The installation in Chicago is curated by Space p11, an art gallery in the Pedway.
Chicago Loop Alliance sees them as a way to promote the Pedway as more than an underground route from A to B.
Chicago is known for amazing public art, said CLA Director of Planning Kalindi Parikh. Theres no reason the Pedway cant play host to it.
Massimals in the Loop will debut on December 20 in the Pedway below Daley Center, Macys, and other locations. The project will last through winter.