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Art on Lincoln: Prehistory

Posted on September 9, 2019

Join us on Tuesday, September 17 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the southwest corner of Lincoln and Halsted to celebrate the launch of Prehistory, an ephemeral video projection created by artist Annette Elliot. Mingle with neighbors and enjoy a complimentary treat from Mon Ami Gabi’s signature ice cream cart. Prehistory is part of the 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project. Prehistory will be projected on the north facing wall of the boiler house and laundry building at Lincoln Common.

About Prehistory: At dusk nocturnal birds—the Great Horned Owl, the Eastern Screech Owl, the Barn Owl—appear and disappear on the brick surface. A prehistoric landscape of marshes and swamps is revealed. Looking closer, the viewer sees traces of urban pollution and industrial waste within the murky waters, complicating the idea of untouched prehistoric nature. The immersive installation invites viewers to experience familiar places anew, revealing the city as a complex ecosystem. Prehistory reframes our ideas about where nature is and illuminates that which often goes unnoticed.

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