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.
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, a 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, and the location for regular astronomy nights on The 606.
- 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.
- 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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Latest Piece: Birds Watching is a 40-foot long sculpture composed of a “flock” of one hundred reflective bird’s eyes mounted on aluminum, created for Storm King’s exhibition Indicators: Artists on Climate Change. The luminous eyes wrap a hill of native grasses in a ten-foot-high band of color, “gazing back” when illuminated. Each eye belongs to a species of bird considered threatened or endangered by climate change in the United States—creating a potent portrait of what we stand to lose.
Within the gaze of these many others, the work asks us to consider our own responsibility for climate change’s myriad effects on other beings. Have we allowed birds and other nonhumans—with their unique and wondrous lifeways—to become the sacrifice zones of extraction capitalism? As Surrealist André Breton suggested, in order to change ways of being, we must first change ways of seeing.
For more on piece and the artist visit: https://jennykendler.com/section/466865-Birds-Watching.html
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.