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A colorful new art installation is coming to the Chicago Riverwalk

Robert Burnier
Illustration: Courtesy Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events

Last summer, a gigantic deer sculpture could be seen standing guard on a section of the Chicago Riverwalk between Franklin and Lake Streets, surprising riders on passing boat tours and providing a popular selfie backdrop for pedestrians. Yesterday, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events announced that the western section of the Riverwalk will once again host a public art installation this summer, when a new site-specific piece by Chicago-based artist Robert Burnier takes up residence in the coming months.

Commissioned by the City of Chicago, Burnier's piece is made up of three brightly colored geometric structures formed from a combination of steel, nylon mesh and rope. The installations will hang over a small strip of grass on the Riverwalk, making them partially visible from Wacker Drive. Though a rendering of the piece depicts vibrant colors, the name of the work is Black Tiberinus—a reference to the Roman god of the Tiber river. 

Burnier's colorful structures will remain on the Riverwalk until May 2019, which means that viewers will be able to observe the sculptures during different seasons. Here's hoping that Black Tiberinus doesn't get buried in a mountain of snow when winter arrives.

The nylon mesh creations aren't the only new work of art that will be debuting on the Riverwalk this year. This fall, the "Art on theMart" installation will project videos across 25 stories, turning the historic building into a canvas of moving images.

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