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Color Jam: The Largest Public Artwork In Chicago History

With an assist from the Beachwood 3-D News Desk.

Color Jam is the largest public artwork in Chicago's history and the largest contiguous vinyl project in the United States. It is composed of more than 76,000 square feet of colored vinyl - enough material to make 50,000 vinyl records, wrap more than 130 city buses or cover one-and-a-half football fields. Printing Color Jam on a standard HP home printer would require 2,100 ink cartridges and 180 hours of continuous printing.

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Color Jam is the third installment in Chicago Loop Alliance's annual Art Loop public art initiative, following Tony Tasset's three-story EYE sculpture in 2010, and last year's five-story mural by Kay Rosen encouraging viewers to GO DO GOOD.

A video feed of the Color Jam installation site at State and Adams Streets is streaming live at www.colorjamchicago.com now through June 5. Color Jam will cover the intersection of State and Adams Streets from June 5 through September 30, 2012.

WHO: Chicago-based, internationally renowned multimedia artist Jessica Stockholder, joined by a team of workers, including several on ten-story boom lifts.

WHAT: Installation of Stockholder's three-dimensional vinyl artwork containing flashes of color and geometric shapes that spill from building facades onto the sidewalk and streets, commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance.

WHEN: Ongoing each evening May 29 to June 4 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.

WHERE: Surrounding buildings, sidewalks and streets at the intersection of State and Adams Streets in the Chicago Loop.

WHY: In preparation for the official "opening" of Color Jam on Tuesday, June 5 at 10 a.m.

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Posted on May 25, 2012


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