Chicago's Millennium Park Becomes a Luminous Field with Installation Created by Luftwerk.

Chicago's Millennium Park Becomes a Luminous Field with Installation Created by Luftwerk.

Chicago, Wednesday, January 11, 2012.  The holiday season may be over but a new light is about to descend on Chicago’s cold winter nights as Luminous Field will paint a digital canvas of light and sound on Cloud Gate, (aka The Bean) and surrounding areas for ten nights starting February 10. The latest light installation, only steps away from the glowing lunar module, (aka,  buckeyball) which is atop the Art Institute, should help warm up the cold February landscape of the park and the spirits of hardy park-goers.

The first-ever site-specific video and sound installation by the Chicago-based artists, Luftwerk was created specifically for the Millennium Park location – and the ATT Plaza on which it sits. The geometrical images and colors will be set to music composed by Owen Clayton Condon of Chicago’s Third Coast Percussion. “If anything could possibly enhance the interactive experience of Anish Kapoor’s monumental Cloud Gate sculpture in Millennium Park – then this could be it,” said Dorothy Coyle, Executive Director of the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture. “Visitors from all over will want to see this beautiful sound and light show in the center of the Park each night; then round out their trip by enjoying music and dance programs in the tent and the permanent art in the Park.”

In addition to the light show, Luminous Field will include special programming and events. Children of all ages can enjoy hands-on art projects, musical games and craft activities on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, February 11-13 and 18-20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (February 13 is Lincoln’s Birthday and February 20 is Presidents Day.) In the evenings on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, February 10-12 and 18-20, there will be music and dance performances in the heated tent. More events will be announced in late January.


Luminous Field will be on view on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 – 10 pm, and Sunday – Thursday evenings from 6 – 9 pm.  Friday, February 10 through Monday, February 20, 2012. For more information about Luminous Field by Luftwerk, visit, or call 312.742.1168

What is Luftwerk

Luftwerk is the artistic collaboration of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero, both graduates of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They have worked together for over 10 years, presenting their work at cultural institutions, galleries and public venues, nationally and internationally. In 2007, they formed Luftwerk with a focus on new media, video and light design. They have created multi media video installations in locations as diverse as MASS MoCA, JFK Airport, Las Vegas, New Orleans and Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater and Robie House.

Millennium Park Information.

Millennium Park is located in the heart of downtown Chicago. It is bordered by Michigan Ave. to the west, Columbus Dr. to the east, Randolph St. to the north and Monroe St. to the south. Convenient parking is located in the Millennium Park Garage (entrance on Columbus at Monroe or Randolph) and at the Grant Park North and East Monroe Garages, all located within a short walking distance of Millennium Park.


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  • I went to this last night, but sadly it was a complete waste of time. With all of the people walking around under and around the Bean, you could not see the actual light designs. What the city of Chicago should have done was temporarily rope off the area to experience the whole light design being displayed on the concrete. Very disappointing!

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