Roger Hiorn’s Overflowing Chicago Installation


A new interactive installation was unveiled on the 21st of June by the London-based sculptor Roger Hiorns, located in a lakeside park at Chicago’s Navy Pier landmark.

The interactive piece, A retrospective view of the pathway, is comprised of large-scale stainless steel tanks, and a compressor that erupts with a non-toxic, biodegradable detergent foam, presenting the idea of continuous change in a joyous and ebullient manner.

Visitors are welcome to frolic in the froth that spills out of the tanks onto the surrounding grass.

Every day at noon and 4 p.m., the sculpture will produce giant foam clusters, which will be shaped by the wind and spread across the landscape, thus showing how the artist engages with the surroundings and blurs the lines between where the city begins and the art ends.

The work was unveiled as part of the Summer Solstice celebrations as one of the many examples of Navy Pier’s commitment to raising its profile as a mission-driven cultural organization, with continued focus on offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs.

This also a sneak peek of what might be in store for Navy Pier’s steady fermentation into an arts district. A retrospective view of the pathway is part of EXPO CHICAGO’s IN/SITU Outside temporary installation programme and will be on view through EXPO CHICAGO (September 13 – 17, 2017).


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