This fall, you can walk around Navy Pier and take in some outstanding pieces of art – all for free! Navy Pier Walk 2011, a public art showcase in Gateway Park and along Dock Street, will continue until Nov. 6, so it’s prime time to go check out the exhibits Navy Pier has in store.
Navy Pier Walk Returns in 2011!
The Pier Walk returns after a five-year void, and the massive showcase is the largest outdoor installation of its kind in the country. More than two-dozen artistic pieces are on display in Gateway Park, which is just outside the entrance of Navy Pier, and on Dock Street, located on the Pier itself.
The most striking installation (and how could you miss it?) is the giant wooden letters in Gateway Park that spell out “fix – ice machene,” misspelling intentional. It’s a simple plywood and lumber work that is 12-feet tall but stretches out 135 feet.
Navy Pier River Walk 2011 – Complex Message. Simple Materials.
The creators of the piece, appropriately named The Art Guys, say “fix – ice machene,” “is a surreal image that acts like souls moving through the landscape making a statement of the human predicament. It’s a sub-conscious dream-like image that speaks to us all.”
Artist Peter Reginato also contributed to the Pier Walk, creating four painted stainless steel sculptures, each standing over seven feet tall. Each of the statues has a colorful look and may remind viewers of the tinker toy and pipe cleaner creations they made when they were children.
Contributions were made by other artists too, including a couple of shapely aluminum structures by Ronald Bladen, two surreal bronze bust statues by Terry Allen, a black granite T-shaped rock by Harry Gordon, and a black-and-white music-inspired mural by Shepard Fairey.
To appeal to the younger crowd, stars of the MTV show “The Buried Life” completed painting a colorful mural design back in July – and it’s still on display!
Navy Pier and the exhibit are open every day this fall, with the hours of 10 a.m. through 8 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.