Art Institute of Chicago Red Cube Project

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Art Institute of Chicago Red Cube Project

When it’s unbearably cold out and the perma-cloud has set in, I like to remind myself of the many wonderful things about Chicago, like how much happiness the tamale guy brings to bar patrons, or how the CTA Bus Tracker has single-handedly improved quality of life in the city.

All kidding aside, one thing I do love about Chicago is that it is a major cultural center—we just love our arts. So much so, that the Art Institute has put together a city-wide art project, supporting “500 Ways of Looking at Modern, the Art Institute’s yearlong exploration and celebration of all things modern.”

Hidden throughout the city are 500 red cubes. The lucky people who find the cubes are instructed to go to the website, enter a code, and receive an art project to pursue. You can then upload a photo, audio, or video of your project to the website to share with others. And then, if you’re really lucky, your project will be featured in a special display at the museum in the spring. So cool, right?

It all started for me when my co-worker, Michael, found one a couple of weeks ago, on his return from lunch.

Immediately struck with a sense of curiosity, jealousy, and excitement, I set out to do whatever I could to get my hands on my very own red cube. Well, almost. Not being a native to Chicago, I immediately ruled out the possibility of running around the city in the middle of winter in search of a red cube. Instead, I was fortunate enough to find that the Art Institute made it much easier for people to participate (from the warm confines of their offices and homes).

I thought it’d be fun to involve the whole office in a group project, so for my Friday Inspiration Meeting, I had each person make their own cube, and write on the cube the nicest thing anyone had ever said to them. According to the website directions, we were supposed to leave the cube in a place where someone else would find them, but we’ve kept them on our desks, as a reminder of our happy memories.

It’s not too late to participate!