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Artist File

On the corner of Rush and Ontario Street, just a block off the Magnificent Mile, is a colorful new installation that’s adding vibrancy to our ideally situated location. In partnership with Johalla Projects, the second iteration of #jamespublicart in Chicago features the work of local artist Stephen Eichorn.

Intended to add beauty and an artistic touch to the neighborhood we call home, read on for five key things to know about #jamespublicart, Eichorn and some very interesting composition tactics.

1. Titled Grape Thistle (Cacti & Succulents) –  Eichorn’s piece features a single original work that is enlarged and divided between two exterior frames on the east-facing sidewalk by The Patio at Primehouse.

2. Eichorn uses collected historical botany textbooks and publications to painstakingly cut out and layer plant components and minerals to wood panel, brass and other materials to create intricately detailed collages of micro-ecosystems.

3. The project marks his first collaboration with The James. His work has been exhibited at various local and national exhibition spaces, including the Elmhurst Art Museum and Ebersmoore in Chicago, CES Gallery in Los Angeles and the Museum of Arts and Design and Josée Bienvenu Gallery in New York.

4. In fall 2016, Eichhorn was the subject of a solo exhibition at Johalla Projects, where he presented a number of unique collages and sculptural works comprised of minerals, fossils, gems and rocks.  In May 2017, Zioxla Publishing released Eichhorn’s first monograph entitled Cats & Plants. 

5. Guests and passersby are encouraged to engage with the piece by taking images and sharing them on social media using the hashtag #jamespublicart. These photos, including views of The James New York – Soho’s public art installation by celebrated artist Paul Wackers, are shared on – a collection of images inspired by people, art and the public space.

See #jamespublicart for yourself by booking a stay with us at The James Chicago – Magnificent Mile.

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