Prehistory Lights Up Lincoln Avenue
Posted on September 20, 2019
Many thanks to everyone for joining us at the opening reception of Art on Lincoln: Prehistory! Prehistory is a new ephemeral video projection created by artist Annette Elliot. It was a perfect night and included delicious ice cream scoops from Mon Ami Gabi. Thanks to our host DePaul University and special thanks to the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Ald. Michele Smith (43rd), Lincoln Common and the Lincoln Avenue SSA #35 for making it happen! You can see Prehistory nightly at the southwest corner of Lincoln and Fullerton.
Prehistory is part of the 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project. Prehistory is projected on the north facing wall of the boiler house and laundry building at Lincoln Common every night from 7:30 – 10:30 p.m.
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.