Mara Baker in collaboration with Chicago Market and Uptown United is pleased to present a new public art installation titled Chameleon Blind — Uptown. Located in the historic Gerber Building, adjacent to the Wilson Red Line station, the work is housed in 16 windows and is designed to be viewed from the street. The work will remain on view while the building lies vacant in preparation for the opening of Chicago Market. This is Baker’s largest work to date, and is generously hosted by Chicago Market and funded by Uptown United.
There will be a reception inside the Gerber Building on Saturday, February 8th from 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, with an artist talk at 5:30 pm and a walking tour of the Clifton Avenue Street Art Gallery Murals at 6:30 pm. Cider and light refreshments will be courtesy of Chicago Market business Owner, Earth First Farms and local business owner of kal’ish and Sam & Gerties restaurants.
Designed to be visible 24 hours a day the installations light up each night at dusk allowing commuters and pedestrians an opportunity to experience the work as it transforms from day to night. The project collaborates with Chambers of Commerce, local governments, and property owners across the city to site the work in vacant storefronts.
The overarching goal of the project is to create new opportunities for the community to engage and access contemporary art outside of traditional gallery settings, while fostering connections to support and promote local businesses. In 2020, Baker will install Chameleon Blind in neighborhoods across Chicago including West Town, Six Corners, Humboldt Park, and more.