Mies Van Der Rohe High Rise Becomes Photo Canvas

Steve Miller
September 16, 2019 - 2:41 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A giant art installation has been going up today on the outside of a high-rise building — a condo building from 1955 designed by Mies Van der Rohe and now adorned by a Chicago artist for the Architecture Biennial.

Look up at the windows. There's a mountain covering three floors: a photograph of an Israeli mountain range that was the site of prehistoric cave dwellings.

It was taken by Israeli-born photographer Assaf Evron, and installed on 900 North Lake Shore.

Photographer Assaf Evron. (Steve Miller/WBBM)

"This building — this side of the building specifically — is very special," Evron said. "If you look at the four buildings, this is the only one that actually has a facade."

Ancient apartments pictured are on the modern condo building, and Evron looked at all four Mies buildings on the part of the Drive before settling on 900 North.

Condo President Trinita Logue said  the residents are happy to have been the canvas for what's titled "Collages for the Esplanade Apartments."

"We don't want anyone else to have it," Logue said. "We want to have it.  They can do it now and copy us."

The installation will be up for the next two weeks.