Immerse yourself in Bob Faust’s stunning Chicago vignettes as he unveils two of his latest art installations.
“There are so many things that need attention immediately, but they all require personal fuel to accomplish or even start. We created Rapt to share energy: energy from color, pattern, implied growth and strength,” Bob Faust notes.
“I am blessed that my work and life places me regularly in many of our city’s great neighborhoods, rich with color, texture and surprising juxtapositions,” acknowledges Bob Faust, principal and creative director of his eponymous Chicago-based art and design studio Faust (faustltd.com). “I have made it part of my practice to catalog inspiring images when I come across them.” These images are the main medium in Faust’s most recent installations, with all, and still… and Rapt on The Mile, two distinct projects connected by the artist’s style and intent. Currently on display on the lobby level in The Peninsula Chicago, with all, and still… is a series of layered, billboard-scale works linked to one another through handembellished letter forms, providing an urban, industrial counterpoint to the hotel’s elevated surroundings. “I love the idea of contrasting exceptional but often overlooked vignettes of everyday details against the elegant setting of The Peninsula Chicago,” Faust notes. Another installation, a vinyl mural designed with longtime collaborator Nick Cave and presented by The Magnificent Mile Association with EXPO CHICAGO, is strikingly wrapped around three stories of Michigan Avenue’s vacant former Apple store. Titled Rapt on The Mile and on display through January, the piece projects a three-dimensional garden scene, alluding to the city of Chicago as a “fertile migratory hub.” The artist explains, “We want the city of Chicago to view it and understand our interconnectedness and beautiful grit, and our support for each other as neighbors, believers and doers.” The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St., peninsula.com/chicago; 679 N. Michigan Ave., themagnificentmile.com