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50th Anniversary Artwork Unveiled

Friday, September 28, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Tom Wray
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The artwork commissioned for the Institute of Cultural Affair’s 50th Anniversary was unveiled at 4750 N. Sheridan in Chicago on September 13, 2012.

The unveiling of the artwork, "Ocean of Devotion” by Chicago artist Gina Alicea, was also part of an event for Business Partners, the Chamber for Uptown, where the ICA building is located.

The artwork contains more than 1,000 strips of cloth with handwritten messages from events and people across the world. Gina wove the strips like a quilt and veiled the piece with a semi-transparent blue cloth.

"There was such a wonderful energy in reading each of the pieces of cloth, reading them, ironing them – to feel what I think they were feeling,” Gina told the local newspaper Inside-Booster that covered the unveiling.

"Ocean of Devotion” is in the lounge of the ICA building’s sixth floor offices. A video of the presentation of the artwork is available below.