An art exhibit is launching 24 stories above the Chicago Loop this summer with AIRE’s “rotating artist series,” kicking off Monday, June 10 from 7 – 9 p.m. Guests can see the launch of “The Light Keeper’s Looking Glass” installation which will join the recently revealed 3,800 sq. ft. mural, “Grounded.” Throughout the summer, additional artists will recreate the installation, making it their own. Chicago-based Beauty & Brawn will lead the series curation and arts programming, including the mural.
On June 10, guests can see local Chicago creative Tristan Hummel at work as he completes and displays “The Light Keeper’s Looking Glass.” Throughout the evening, guests may participate in a conversation about the new piece from 7:15 -7:45 p.m., tour AIRE to take in the collective works, and enjoy special $6 draft beers, a cocktail or light bite from AIRE. Known for his tenure as Creative Director for Chicago Loop Alliance, where he developed the organization’s ACTIVATE series,Tristan Hummel is a multi-disciplinary artist, fabricator and experiential events producer.
Guests may also view the new mural “Grounded,” designed and created by Onur, and curated by Beauty & Brawn. Covering the entire West, South, and East facing sides of AIRE, the Chicago-inspired mural will feature techniques, such as the use of UV-light sensitive paints, which will transform and change the mural from daytime to night.
“The Light Keeper’s Looking Glass is an installation designed to bring guests closer to the new Hyatt Centric mural by giving them an opportunity to participate in the abstract whimsy of the work. With that goal in mind, the piece utilizes a swooping organic form, antiqued textures and handmade materials to establish a space that stands in contrast to the encompassing grid of the built urban environment,” said Hummel. “Against this backdrop of playful juxtapositions, visitors find themselves transported to the same surreal heights as the figure in the mural- unlocked when they capture their own elevated portrait. This interactive moment applies a new lens to guests’ cameras through which they see themselves in the same playfully unexpected space as Onur’s work.”
To accompany, the new public art, AIRE has also introduced a partnership with Maplewood Brewery & Distillery who released a pale ale, aptly named the “Up in the AIRE,” available in cans created by local artist, Chris Cantore. In addition to the exclusive canned beer, other year-round and seasonal offerings will be available on draft along with a rotating boozy frozen shake featuring Maplewood beer and spirits.