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Lighting Crown Hall

Late in the evening of June 11, 2009, a dedicated crowd, braving sporadic rainfall, assembled outside of Mies van der Rohe's masterpiece, S.R. Crown Hall, to take in a collaboration between artist Jan Tichy, students at ths School of the Art Institute and the Illinois Institute of Technology, members of the Bauhaus Lab, and the Mies van der Rohe Society. The group had transformed Crown Hall into a gigant light box, projecting video and still images onto the building's large shaded windows, all of which would alternate randomly, sometimes interupted by the shadows of people inside walking through the projected light (we're not sure if this was intentional or not and didn't have the heart to ask; it seemed perfect the way it was). From 9pm until midnight, the windows were illuminated and the building was surrounded by a very quiet crowd, some of whom made several circular trips, trying to see everything, while others brought folding chairs, picked their favorite window, and camped out there.

Because we're nothing if not big fans here - Crown Hall is the spiritual home of our MoOM, The Museum of Online Museums and we made another video to commemorate the building's completed renovations - we went out for the evening and brought along the video camera. Steve put together the short montage above set to Nada Surf's atmospheric, lo-fi track Traffic. Enjoy.

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