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BIGart at Navy Pier!


July 10, 2013

Navy Pier’s Gateway Park is full of beautiful trees, lots of space for your picnic lunches, a beautiful fountain , and some of the biggest and most spectacular art in the city!

Our BIGart exhibit has been wowing audiences since last summer with its amazing collection of large-scale public sculptures from some of the most acclaimed artists of our time, like Roy Lichtenstein and Nancy Rubins.

These gentle giants are not something you can easily overlook; they’ve certainly got size and uniqueness on their side. They also contain some cool surprises! At first when you gaze up at Nancy Rubins’s towering 30-foot tall sculpture, you may be thinking, “Wow, that’s really cool, but what is it?!” Look closer and you’ll discover that the sculpture is actually a large assembly of canoes!

Navy Pier is definitely lucky to have pieces like this one, which have been challenging and delighting audiences since last year. We’ve also been fortunate to enjoy the magnificent mural of graffiti artist Gajin Fujita on the Grand Avenue viaduct wall under Lake Shore Drive. This mural, titled ChiTown, has added a youthful presence to the BIGart collection by fusing street art style, Chicago culture, and Japanese flavor.

This summer, we’re very excited to announce the return of Crack the Whip, a lifelike bronze sculpture depicting children at play, and the addition of a brand new installation called Plant Green Ideas Chicago 2013! This exhibit made its debut at this year’s Chicago Flower & Garden Show and will soon be returning with a sculpture here at Navy Pier as well as at McCormick Place and on Michigan Ave.

The installation features 6-foot heads made of recycled materials that sport a colorful exotic plant hairstyle. They’ll certainly be hard to miss, weighing in at around 2700 pounds! Not only are the heads beautiful, but they also have a message, reminding viewers about the importance of sustainability and being green through the original messages etched onto their backs.

If you haven’t seen any of the magnificent art located in and around Gateway Park, come this summer to take a look!


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