The 606 Arts Program: an Overview

The 606 is a living work of art. More than a park, a trail and a community connector, it is a unique urban green space uniting nature, science, and culture.

Installations both temporary and permanent, from the full range of visual and performing genres define the visitor experience and make it a dynamic destination for all.

Artist Pedro Adorno Irizarry creating a mask of Puerto Rican poet, Julia de Burgos, at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center mask-making workshop this past Saturday.

Artist Pedro Adorno Irizarry creating a mask of Puerto Rican poet, Julia de Burgos, at the Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center mask-making workshop for one of the Opening Day processions.

Building on ideas generated through ongoing input from the local community and arts leaders, The 606 team considers art in four categories:

  • Embedded artworks and event facilities: Work includes such integrated features as Environmental Sentinel, trail-wide planting of special flowering trees that bring attention to place and change over time, and the Exelon Observatory for spectacular views of the sunset over our city.
  • Temporary artworks: Selected through an invitational process guided by a partnership between The Trust for Public Land, Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The first installation in this category was timed to the opening of The 606. Future selections will be led by these partners and a curator, with the participation of an arts committee.
  • RFP-selected works. As opportunities arise, an open call selection process will identify additional trail-wide or site-specific works including temporary and revolving installations and performances and participatory pieces.
  • Programming and partnerships. These include both youth and multi-generational art and learning, stewardship activities that connect nature and culture, residencies and internships, and connections to schools, cultural institutions and other partners.

Art and artists have been involved throughout the development of this iconic Chicago project, and the result set a new standard for the art of place-making. The continued involvement of artists will ensure the arts are incorporated into The 606 in ways that are beautiful, innovative, and seamless – creating a living work of art that is uniquely Chicago.

 

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Ongoing:  At the southwest corner of Bloomingdale Avenue and Humboldt Boulevard, visitors can enjoy an as-yet untitled mural created by student artists at Marwen (an arts education non-profit working with Chicago youth in grades 6-12) in collaboration with lead artist Marta Garcia and with support from the Exelon Corporation. Working out of the Humboldt Park boat house, the artists spent a week photographing the neighborhood (people, architecture, plants, and animals) then assembled the images into an abstract collage.

Ongoing: Check out Chakaia Booker’s Brick House 2015 at the Damen Arts Plaza. This 10 1/2′ x 26′ x 13′ sculpture made of rubber tires, rubber, and stainless steel was installed in October 2015

Artwork

Visit the first in a series of temporary artworks installed throughout The 606. These pieces were selected through an invitational process guided by a partnership between The Trust for Public Land, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events. The first installation in this category was timed to the opening of The 606.