Art Olafur Eliasson has modified the facade of the Willis Tower

Olafur Eliasson has modified the facade of the Willis Tower

Emanuele D'Angelo

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.

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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.

Written by Emanuele D'Angelo
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