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Luftwerk's 'Ethereal' LED Light Show To Debut Along The 606 This Weekend

By Mina Bloom | January 6, 2017 5:07pm
 The art installation,
The art installation, "Turning Sky," spans the Milwaukee Avenue bridge.
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BUCKTOWN — After months of work, Luftwerk is ready to debut their LED light installation along The 606's Bloomingdale Trail this weekend.

The artist duo, known for their "otherworldly" light installations at Chicago landmarks like the Garfield Park Conservatory and The Bean, raised enough money to create an LED light show spanning the Milwaukee Avenue bridge called "Turning Sky."

Using data collected from urban sensing project The Array of Things, the lights change colors based on changes in temperature, humidity and wind.

To be first to see the spectacle, head to The 606's second annual "Walk with Light" event, a festival in which residents use lights from home to illuminate the trail.

The artists, Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, will be on hand to unveil the installation, beginning at about 4:15 p.m. at Park 457 at Milwaukee and Leavitt avenues.

"We are very fond of The 606 and we're users of it as well," Bachmaier told DNAinfo in October. "Using weather data will amplify what people are already experiencing on the trail. It will have an ethereal quality to it."

Partners like Jamie Simone, interim Chicago director for The Trust For Public Land, as well as local politicians like Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) and Mike Kelly, superintendent for the Chicago Park District, are also slated to attend.

A spokeswoman for The Trust For Public Land, project manager for The 606, previously said the installation could stay up for up to five years.

A full schedule is below:

4 p.m.: Folks participating in the "Walk with Light" festival should meet at Spaulding Avenue and walk along the Bloomingdale Trail to Park 567

4:15 - 4:30 p.m.: Luftwerk and partners will unveil "Turning Sky"

4:30 - 5:30 p.m.: "Walk with Light" festival will resume

TurningSky_MAC from The 606 on Vimeo.

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