THE PUZZLING UNPLANNED CITY ZOETROPE MACHINE
A life-sized zoetrope presents a mural-in-motion. The zoetrope is an 800-year-old animation device that has been used, at times, as a tool to study objects in motion. Depicted, for study, inside this zoetrope’s spinning tube is the image of a possible future - one with no end-goal and few rules. The building around which the action plays out is a Chicago version of the tower-of-Babel. Rather than falling victim to its hubris in a cataclysmic failure, this edifice is perpetually suspended - kept from climbing to its goal by the forces that undo its work from the bottom. Taking the WPA-era murals of Chicago public buildings as precedent, the project aims to update the prototype and host a new kind of dialogue in the public space of storefronts and sidewalks.
Tony Osborn is an LEED-accredited architect working in Wicker Park.