Project Cabrini Green begins

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

  • Photograph: Alyssa Jongsma

    Project Cabrini Green- March 29, 2011

As Cabrini-Green's last high-rise, 1230 North Burling Street, is demolished during the next few weeks, blinking lights will shine from the building every night 7pm–1am. On March 29—the night before the the demolition of the last building began—ThaBrigade Stamps performed at Cabrini-Green as the lights came on (pictured above). 


The eerie installation "Project Cabrini Green" encodes poems about home and community by teens from local nonprofits After School Matters, Cabrini Connections, Marwen and ThaBrigade Stamps—Cabrini Green Marching Band.


Artist Jan Tichy and his students at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago conducted workshops with the nonprofits earlier this year. The teens performed their poems, and the SAIC students created software that translated the sounds of the young people's voices into signals controlling LEDs—one for each of the 134 apartments in 1230 North Burling Street. The flickering lights evoke the presence of former residents. Though they don't convey the teens' exact words, you can read the poems on the "Project Cabrini Green" website and at the Museum of Contemporary Art, which also presents a live video feed from the demolition site and an interactive model of the installation through the end of April.  


Look for our story about "Project Cabrini Green" in TOC's April 7th issue and online next week.



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