Frequently Asked Questions
How does Art on theMART identify artists for the project?
Art on theMART is a curated, ongoing series of rotating installation. The Curatorial Advisory Board consults on all year-long programming, excluding temporary seasonal and partner content. TheMART is eager to collaborate with cultural organizations and artists of all disciplines to continue to explore the potential of the platform.
What is the significance of this project?
As a privately-funded partnership with the City, theMART supports the City's reputation as a champion of iconic public art and its vision for the Riverwalk.
"Art on theMART will be a visionary project that brings new energy to the Riverwalk, while strengthening Chicago's legacy of public art,"
- Former Mayor Rahm Emanuel
How is the art displayed?
Art on theMART installed 34 state-of-the-art projectors and related technology equipment on the Chicago Riverwalk between Wells St. and Franklin St. to project artwork on to the river façade of the building.
Is theMART essentially one giant billboard?
No. In fact, Art on theMART marks the first time a projection of its size and scope is completely dedicated to art projection with no branding, or messaging. A revolution in media architecture, Art on theMART is the first permanent large-scale projection installation that has no advertising backing and is a gift of art to Chicago.
Is there an audio aspect of the digital art projections?
Art on theMART artists pair each projection with bespoke audio, which can be heard through speakers on the Riverwalk Jetty while the projections are running.
Is there an environmental impact from the significant light projection?
No. In fact, Art on theMART is fully compliant with the City and the Audubon Society's guidelines for environmental protection. A primary concern is nocturnal migratory birds confused by the building lights, but this project meets the specific guidelines laid out by the Audubon Society and is endorsed by the City of Chicago.