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Art Could be Projected Onto Side of Merchandise Mart: Proposal

A proposal for a permanent art and light display on the Chicago Riverwalk was unveiled Sunday by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.

The proposal, called “Art on theMart,” would project artwork onto the side of theMart building, formerly known as The Merchandise Mart.

The project would be privately funded, and would be completed in the fall of 2018 if approved by the Chicago City Council.

“Iconic art and cultural programming on the Riverwalk has already been inherent and integral in helping us embrace the river as the city’s newest recreational frontier,” Mayor Emanuel said. “It will bring new energy to the Riverwalk, while strengthening Chicago’s legacy of public art.”

Artists will be able to submit their work for consideration, according to the city.

The project, if approved, would result in the world’s largest permanent projection system, and will feature art from around the world.

The project will be introduced as part of an ordinance before the city council on Wednesday.  

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