Chicago checkerboard number 51
printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
Original photograph taken in Chicago on a Nikon D700 in 2009, showing the Aqua in juxtaposition with the Ama Plaza. The Aqua, an 82 storey skyscraper designed by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects and completed in 2009, was selected as one of the Illinois 200 Great Places by the American Institute of Architects in 2018. The Ama Plaza, a 52 storey building designed by Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe and completed in 1973, is so named because it houses the headquarters of the American Medical Association. The creative intention in this fine-art print was to deliberately contrast the soft, curvilinear shapes of the Aqua, with its undulating wave-like balconies, with the strict, hard-edge rectilinear structure of the Ama building. The resulting abstract image has been overlaid with a riot of bold colours and set against a backdrop (sky?) of intense red. Though architectural in origin, the final print is a piece of pure, hard-edge abstraction. Think Op-Art.