About This Artwork

UrbanLab (American, founded 2001)
Sarah Dunn (American, born 1967)
Martin Felsen (American, born 1968)

Visitor Information Center, 2001

Wood and Plexiglas
25 x 123 x 51 cm (9 3/4 x 48 5/8 x 20 in.)

Gift of UrbanLab/Sarah Dunn and Martin Felsen, 2007.330

Showcasing its diverse talents—in architecture and urban design—in this model for a visitor center, UrbanLab created a space that made the existing building’s interior a microcosm of the greater Chicago area. The interior of the model is conceived as an inverted diorama; however, the notion of a diorama takes on a new meaning at the building’s bulging street facade, which serves as a viewing platform for the city. Urbanlab proposed an elegantly folded and bent glass curtain wall that directs the attention of individuals toward views of actual buildings and the urban landscape beyond.

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