Phase 1 of The Wabash Lights is Live!

On Thursday, February 4 we flipped the switch and turned on The Wabash Lights beta test for the very first time. We're finally there! What started as an idea is now a thing. For this, we owe 918 Kickstarter backers a huge shout out! The beta test is located on the Wabash L tracks between Monroe St. and Adams St. in downtown Chicago. [Learn More]

The beta test lights will remain on for the next 6-12 months. In addition to troubleshooting design and technical challenges we will spend the next raising money to fund the full installation, seeking support from corporate and private donors and foundations.

Interested in supporting the full, two-block install? There's more info here.

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You can know wear your support! Check out The Wabash Light's Store.

The Kickstarter Campaign is over but we still need your support. Please consider contributing to The Wabash Lights. Your donation is tax deductible! The Wabash Lights NFP is a tax exempt organization.

Your money will go toward bringing the full two-block installation to the City of Chicago.

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Help us bring this interactive light sculpture to the Chicago Loop.

The Wabash Lights is a site-specific light installation on the underside of the Wabash Avenue elevated train tracks in Chicago’s loop. This proposed work of public art will incorporate over 5,000 programmable LED light tubes to transform an iconic piece of Chicago infrastructure into a canvas for a dynamic, interactive experience, serving as a catalyst for a re-energized Wabash Avenue. [Learn More]

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The Wabash Lights In the News


The duo’s passion for this work, made more realistic by hundreds of supporters, makes The Wabash Lights the ultimate visual example of a mission to put democracy back into public art.
— Chicagoist
It’s been a while since a public-art project on Kickstarter held our attention, but The Wabash Lights initiative has us looking up.
— Core77

We're two normal guys with one big idea.

Jack C. Newell is an award winning filmmaker, commercial director, and public art enthusiast. He is the writer, producer, and director of films that have screened across the United States and abroad.  His ability to use light and color to tell stories and illicit emotion from the audience is at the heart of his work in both film and in the public space. [Click for more...]


Seth Unger is a design and creative strategist, media guru, and brand consultant. He currently works for Herman Miller's global marketing team as the audience lead for Architecture and Design. Seth's collaborations have helped facilitate, design, and implement brand, workplace, and creative strategy across diverse areas of focus. [Click for more...]

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