Chicago is home to some of the best art and architecture known to man; its legacy of innovation, creativity and cultural diversity has helped shape today’s world of modern art and architecture. What few realize is that what’s helped shape the city of Chicago has been the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA).
Since the start of ‘L’ service in 1892, Chicago’s public transit system has connected people, communities and cultures, while also serving as a source of inspiration for creative minds around the world.
Reflective of the communities it serves, the CTA is a living, interactive gallery of innovative architectural designs and thought-provoking works of art created by marquee and up-and-coming talent, many of whom are local.
Elevated: Art and Architecture of the Chicago Transit Authority, serves as a guide to the more than 70 works of art and 24 significant architectural elements showcased across the CTA system. Creation of the new book is part of CTA’s vision to expand and showcase public art across Chicago’s bus and rail system, while also enriching the experience and minds of those who travel the system each day.
Book Features and Content:
· Art and Architecture Index
· Foreward/Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago
· Preface/Terry Peterson, Chairman, Chicago Transit Board and Dorval R. Carter, Jr. President, CTA
· Art Encounters by Iker Gil, Architect
· Transit Tales by Tim Samuelson, Historian
· Art on the Line: Public Art and Architecture by Ruth Lopez
-68 works of art
-24 architectural components
-Photography by Aron Gent
· Design and layout by Jason Pickleman, JNL Graphic Design
· Hardcover, 448 pages
· Printed in Illinois (2018)