Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), in partnership with the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), announced the rollout of a new, interactive art installation traveling the agency’s Green Line. The artwork is the latest in a series of cultural events and activities being launched citywide as part of “Open Culture”— the next phase of Open Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s initiative to safely and fully reopen the city.
The mobile artwork, known as “Ways and Means,” consists of eight fully wrapped CTA railcars and focuses on “ways forward and the myriad means we use to get there,” according to Chicago-based artist team Nick Cave and Bob Faust, who created and conceived the project.
Each pair of railcars features a colorful train wrap, imprinted with two different words on each side of the railcar that denote inclusion, acceptance, and joy. The interior ceiling of each wrapped railcar will also immerse riders in a kaleidoscopic pattern created by Faust from Cave’s artwork, as well as the project statement.
The final result is a rolling exhibit that highlights the importance of awareness, connectivity, and empathy of the world around us, especially when gathered with others in the same shared spaces.
The mobile exhibit is expected to run through early July and riders are encouraged to tag any selfies they take with #WaysandMeans.