Streeterville Public Arts Project

Architect’s Handkerchief

Architect’s Handkerchief

The Architext’s Handkerchief
Artists: Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen.

If you have not seen this, take a walk along Lakeshore Drive to the 860 Building. Viewing the four Mies van der Rohe buildings alone is worth the trip but now there is Streeterville’s newest piece of public art.

The piece offers a strong contextual link to Mies van der Rohe by paying homage to him and his trademark handkerchief. The stunning contrast of the black linear buildings and the pristine white, flowing curves of the piece evoke comparisons to the contrasts between the Flamingo and Mies’s Federal Plaza but without the tension. Well worth the visit.

Also notice, The Hancock stands guard in the background.

The art was installed thanks to the Chicago Park District, the Paula Cooper Gallery and the folks at 860/880. It will only be there until Sept 2018. If you want to learn more about this piece of art and how we are working to bring more to Streeterville, write us, Streeterville Public Art Project at
860-880 Lake Shore Drive

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