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I was commissioned by Intelligentsia Coffee to create an artwork for a tower on a building designed by Wheeler Kearns Architects at 1611 W. Division that will house the company's newest store. In the heart of Chicago's West Town neighborhood, I wanted my work to provide a counterpoint to this highly trafficked urban intersection, and to respond to the architectural design of the building. Scorza is a 92' x 27' digital print adapted from a watercolor painting.

Scorza is Italian for bark, or skin. The dual meaning of the word references the literal source material for my painting and alludes to my work becoming a skin of the building. I aimed to create a contrast between the geometry of the building and organic form; between man made and natural. Approaching from the west on Division Street, the viewer will have an almost filmic experience of seeing the piece change form in time, images dissolving and pixelating as one gets nearer.

 


Scorza on Chicago skyline (photo: Tom Rossiter)


Design Rendering for 1611 W. Division


Installation shot


Scorza digital print, 92' x 27'


Detail: Scorza water color painting, 31" x 26"