Pop-Up Art in the Loop

Photos of "24, hour chairs" courtesy of Chicago Loop Alliance.

March 1, 2010 10:18:08 AM PST
Take a seat and enjoy the art. Chicago artist Andy Hall creates chairs in just one hour with renewable materials. The exhibit, called "24, hour chairs," -- and others like it-- are popping up in vacant storefronts around the Loop.

Watch as Hall designs, builds and displays the chairs at Wabash Gallery, 220 S. Wabash Street in Chicago's Loop. He'll be working on the project through March 5 and the temporary studio -- HallMfg -- is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. HallMfg.blogspot.com

Hall relies on materials from the ReBuilding Exchange, a program that makes building materials that would be thrown out available to the public for use. www.rebuildingexchange.org

About the Loop Alliance's Pop-Up Art program:

24, hour chairs is part of the Chicago Loop Alliance(CLA)'s Pop-Up Art Loop initiative that showcases local artists and displays their works in vacant Loop storefronts.

"Pop-Up Art Loop represents win-win collaborations," said Ty Tabing, executive director of CLA. "Artists are able to display their work in prime Loop locations and property owners gain temporary tenants who bring energy and life to otherwise unused spaces."

As part of the program, the artist can use the storefront properties free of charge until the owner finds a tenant. The initiative brings a constantly changing series of experiences into Chicago's busy downtown.

Current Pop Up exhibits are:

  • Chicago Photography Collective, 29 E. Madison
  • HallMfg 24, hour chairs, 220 S. Wabash
  • (Con)Temporary Art Space, 28 S. Wabash
  • Pearl Dick & Lisa Caplan, 28 S. Wabash
  • Pop-Up Art Loop is looking for more artists and exhibitors. Applicants may submit proposals at PopUpArtLoop.com or call 312-782-9160. This program is made possible through the generous support of downtown property owners. All of the storefront properties are prepared and maintained at little to no expense to the owner. To submit a property for consideration, please call 312-782-9160 and reference the Pop-Up Art Loop program.

    About Chicago Loop Alliance

    The mission of Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) is to strengthen the Loop's competitive position as a mixed-use destination and contribute to Chicago's standing as a world-class city and tourist attraction. CLA supports and advances the interests of its members through advocacy, networking, partnerships and promotions. For more information, visit chicagoloopalliance.com