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NLÉ Architects' “Rock and the Bean” Invites the Public to Leave a Mark on their Lakefront Kiosk

  • 08:00 - 8 October, 2015
NLÉ Architects' “Rock and the Bean” Invites the Public to Leave a Mark on their Lakefront Kiosk
NLÉ Architects' “Rock and the Bean” Invites the Public to Leave a Mark on their Lakefront Kiosk, Summer View. Image Courtesy of NLE Architects
Summer View. Image Courtesy of NLE Architects

With its Lakefront Kiosk competition, the Chicago Architecture Biennial is hoping to leave a long-lasting impact and legacy for its city. The ROCK, a submission from NLÉ Architects in collaboration with School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is giving the public the opportunity to shape that legacy. Throughout the course of the event, which opened on October 3rd, eventgoers are invited to Millennium Park to add value to the 1930s limestone rocks that will create the pavilion through carving, painting, performances and other unimagined processes.

Lake View. Image Courtesy of NLE Architects
Lake View. Image Courtesy of NLE Architects

ROCK is designed as a public sculpture composed of limestone rocks once used to protect the city’s shoreline. The historic rocks are now midway through their journey from a depository in the the south side of Chicago to their final destination, a contemporary pavilion sited at Montrose Beach. Conceived as an “infrastructure box,” the kiosk will consist entirely of materials and technologies that belong to its environment, and will be composed to allow its limestone and concrete elements to be uniquely reassembled for different locations, vendors and uses along the lakefront.

Model. Image Courtesy of NLE Architects
Model. Image Courtesy of NLE Architects

The pavilion will be installed in its permanent location on the lakefront in Spring 2016 after the conclusion of the Biennial. Until that date, the rocks will be stationed in Chicago’s famed Millennium Park, where the public can help transform the rocks in a way that will create the “bold yet sensuous and delicate balance” intended to transform Chicago’s lakefront into a magnet for social and cultural life.

Configurations. Image Courtesy of NLE Architects
Configurations. Image Courtesy of NLE Architects
Courtesy of NLE Architects
Courtesy of NLE Architects

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Cite: "NLÉ Architects' “Rock and the Bean” Invites the Public to Leave a Mark on their Lakefront Kiosk" 08 Oct 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/774839/rock-and-the-bean-invites-public-to-leave-mark-on-limestone-pavilion/> ISSN 0719-8884
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