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Open March – December
Holiday displays will run Nov. 17 January 2019
Wednesday – Sunday, 7:15 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.
Chicago Riverwalk between Wells and Lake St. 

Chicago has always been a haven for public art. And a one-of-a-kind art installation is building on that legacy by taking the medium to new heights.

The visionary Art on theMART has had Chicago – and the world – talking since it debuted on September 29, 2018. Why? Because it’s going down in history as the world’s largest digital art projection.

 

The installation is a blend of the city’s iconic architecture, dedication to public art and a penchant for innovation. It uses 34 projectors to illuminate the 2.5-acre river-facing facade of theMART building – the equivalent of two football fields.

Art on theMART features work by renowned contemporary artists, such as Diana Thater, Zheng Chongbin, Jan Tichy and Jason Salavon. Those enjoying the Chicago Riverwalk, walking on Wacker Drive, or on the water itself will have a perfect view of the colossal display.

Projections will be displayed for around two hours a night, five days a week (Wednesday – Sunday), for ten months of the year (March – December). This makes it not only the biggest, but the longest-running permanent digital art projection on earth.

The backdrop for the display is theMART, the legendary building formerly known as The Merchandise Mart. The massive art deco structure, situated at the junction of the river’s branches, was the largest building in the world when it opened in 1930.

TheMART’s owner, Vornado Realty Trust, privately funds the art installation. The project is also made possible by Obscura Digital, known for its large-scale architectural projection mapping on buildings across the globe.

For more information about viewing areas and featured artists, visit the Art on theMART website.

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