Windy City to Get Icy Museum

ice.jpgThat’s right, dear reader, if you guessed that today’s UnBeige Secret Word is “ice,” you may have won a lifetime supply of Creamsicles! Not to be outdone by its neighbors to the north, Chicago is gearing up for its own ice-themed public art project. Friday will usher in the Museum of Modern Ice (and doesn’t its acronym, MoMI, sound like the name of a cuddly, diminutive polar creature?), a month-long outdoor festival in the city’s Millennium Park. Among the highlights will be a 95-foot-long, 12-foot-tall wall of ice created by artist Gordon Halloran and located just behind the park’s Anish Kapoor “Cloud Gate” sculpture.

Here’s more about the ice wall from a press release:

One side, visible from Michigan Avenue, echoes the city’s renowned skyline. The other side–full of color, complexity, and variety–is meant to be interactive and seen in close proximity. Inspired by a glacial wall in its final stages of movement toward the ocean, the installation will evolve over time with natural and planned changes, encouraging visitors to return frequently to observe the activity.

The “Museum” will also feature an abstract, multicolored ice painting by Halloran. Where? On the park’s ice rink of course. And yes, visitors will be welcome to skate on it.