This site-specific project has been initiated by Nadim Karam & Atelier Hapsitus for the city of Chicago. The sites they have selected, Olive Park and Navy Pier, currently have low frequentation but have the potential to become cultural dynamos, symbolizing and further enriching the city from the lakeside.
The project consists of a total of seven revolving wheels; five designed for placement above the existing fountains of Olive Park, the circumference of each wheel mirroring that of its circular fountain. The sixth wheel is intended for placement in Navy Pier’s Gateway Park and the seventh for Lake Michigan. The sizes of the wheels vary from 20 – 35m in diameter. Each has an individual design, representing the diversity of Chicago and its different geographic zones.
The wheels are designed to spin on their axes, driven by the lakeshore winds, generating enough energy to sustain the lighting and irrigation of Olive Park.
Visible from both the water and most parts of the city, the wheels are landmarks that will create overlapping stories in continuous celebration of Chicago; its energy, multiculturalism and creativity.