The colorful 'Cityscape' installation by local artist Nate Otto was unveiled on State Street earlier this month.
On August 1, the Chicago Loop Alliance unveiled its latest public art installation, a series of semi-surreal city scenes entitled “Cityscape,”by local artist Nate Otto. It’s the first public art commission for the Columbia College grad, whose signature technicolor metropolises are an artful mix of his influences in comic books, graphic design, and street art. For this installation, Otto chose a few favorites, each more intricate than the next, to adorn lamppost banners along State Street from Congress Parkway to Wacker Drive.
“My inspiration is the city I see everyday,” Otto explains. “I try to see how many ways I can represent this environment as a challenge or a game.” The results of said "game" are pleasantly detailed depictions of urban spaces—not necessarily Chicago—that warrant a viewer’s careful perusal. Like a favorite film or a dog-eared book, you’ll see something new every time you look.
For Otto, the opportunity to be featured along State Street was a dream come true. “More than anything, I want to share my work with my fellow Chicagoans,” he says.
Check out the art on a stroll through the Loop, or take part in September’s Pop-Up Art Loop gallery walk on September 12 (5-8 p.m.). To see more of Otto’s work, head to the Bucktown Arts Fest on August 24-25.