The current setup is a small test, but there's more to come according to co-designers and Chicagoans Seth Unger and Jack Newell. The two, who met in an improv class 10+ years ago, had been tossing around ideas for their public arts display for nearly four years before their recent year-long fundraising and community outreach campaign for the project. Their Kickstarter round last summer raised nearly $60,000 from almost 1,000 backers, which helped install the beta version of the lights installation currently in place for the next 6-12 months.
The test lights take up just a 12x12ft portion of the tracks, compared to the full two block light installation it aims to be down the road, but it's an exciting start to seeing the concept finally being brought to life in The Loop. "We were attracted to the history of that area on Wabash, which has lost a little bit of its shine over time," says Unger.