Until 1998, the Willis Tower was the tallest building in Chicago, but this record did not last long. Now thanks to the beautiful intervention of Olafur Eliasson, it has a completely new facade.
The Scandinavian artist and activist has installed a mosaic of rounded metal tiles, evoking the wave-like surface of a river.
Atmospheric Wave Wall, as he called his installation, is in fact a tribute to Chicago’s famous Lake Michigan.
For the artist, capable of combining activism and social commitment, it is the first public outdoor installation.
Atmospheric Wave Wall creates a dynamic experience activated by the movement of passers-by, everything changes depending on the location, time of day, and year.
A unique play of light and shadow that develops in about eighteen meters wide and nine meters high. A painstaking work, Olafur Eliasson took a long time before making it, personally choosing each tile of 1963 used, which with its special shades of blue makes the facade of the building unique.
A special installation, made with the hope that this intervention can make a positive contribution to the building and the local community by making us think about complex relationship with the environment.