We're Putting the Public in Public Art
The Wabash Lights will be funded and designed by you.
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 Ave.
Our long-term goal is to install lights along the entire Wabash stretch of track from Lake to Van Buren. Phase One plans include over 20,000 total feet of lights along a two block stretch from Madison to Adams.
The most exciting element of The Wabash Lights is its interactivity.The light fixtures we’re using are easily programmable and infinitely customizable with each light tube controllable down to every 1.2 inches. We’re planning to ask people like to you program different snapshots and sequences via a user-friendly website. The result will be a transformation of public infrastructure into a canvas of light for any person, anywhere, to use as a vehicle for expression.
Chicagoans have a strong amount of civic pride and the city a rich history of public art. The Wabash Lights celebrates a unique part of Chicago's urban fabric, the elevated train tracks in the loop. The visual aesthetic of The Wabash Lights will interplay harmoniously with the urbanscape of Wabash Ave, drawing tourists and locals alike to be a part a one-of-a-kind experience along Wabash Ave.
There will be numerous other benefits to Chicago as a result of the installation of The Wabash Lights, including:
- Fostering a safer, well lit downtown
- The promotion of Chicago as a global destination
- Beautification the “L”
- Broadening the profile and number of annual visitors to Chicago
- Attraction and retention of downtown businesses
- Boosting civic pride
As a result, we believe that The Wabash Lights project will revitalize Wabash Ave into a thriving, diverse, district in the heart of Chicago’s Loop.
Learn more about our Phase 1 testing, happening now, right here.