NBC Chicago

Jul 6, 2009

The Bean Becomes Airport Art

New exhibits at Chicago airports highlight the city’s culture

Kristin Nehls

Millennium Park Chicago Summer 2009

The portrait, originally on display at Millennium Park in May, is now at O'Hare International Airport

News flash: no matter how many people do it, it’s not really considered art when you create haphazard self-portraits by snapping a photo of your reflection in The Bean.

The good news? Anish Kapoor’s monumental Cloud Gate sculpture is inspiring real artists to create modern-day masterpieces.

Ryan and Trevor Oakes, twins who are identical in their DNA and artistic eye, have created “Have No Narrow Perspective,” an extended drawing of the Cloud Gate sculpture.

Originally on display in May at Millennium Park, the Oakes twins’ work is now at the O’Hare International Airport, just north of the current Explore Chicago exhibit past Terminal 2.

“We are pleased to host this sculpture as the latest addition to our art and exhibits program,” said Commissioner of the Department of Aviation Rosemarie S. Andolino. “Thanks to our collaborative work with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs, we can fulfill Mayor Daley’s vision to introduce Chicago’s rich, diverse and expansive culture to visitors from around the world.”

The 20-something twins created the piece by eye alone, using freehand. A portrait of the sculpture has been engraved onto a 6-by-6-foot metal armature using a concave drawing method.

The Chicago Airports are a haven for art these days, also recently installing the “Make Big Plans: Daniel Burnham’s Vision of an American Metropolis” exhibit. At both O’Hare and Midway International Airports, the exhibit has illustrations, maps and photos that outline the 1909 plan of Chicago.

Both exhibits are a part of the Chicago Airport System’s cultural programs aimed to promote Chicago’s cultural attributes.

Thanks, Chicago airports. Now us art museum misfits can enjoy some art in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives.