Tracking Wacker combines ecology and spectacle to highlight the importance of riverways in Chicago. Infrastructure planning from past generations has created a waterfront site that is visually prominent yet completely inaccessible. The roadways divert polluted run-off directly into the river. Tracking Wacker is an alternative, experiential nature walk that connects between W Harrison St to W Van Buren St.
A eld of wind-belt poles activate the senses to the natural phenomenon of wind. Each wind-belt pole is topped with an LED light, powered by the wind harvesting technology. These lights come to life with the river’s breeze, thus giving a real-time visualization of a natural energy resource. Ambient lighting and color shifts, sounds of buzzing belts, and visualizations create an atmospheric condition unlike anything else in the world.
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