Guests will have another reason to hold their breath when looking down as they experience 360 CHICAGO’s new 3D mural by artist Nate Baranowski. This is the first commission Baranowski will complete for an observation deck, and its optical illusion tempts visitors to step into the artwork, onto a crane platform in the clouds for a thrilling experience beginning Friday, July 15.
Baranowski, a street painter, muralist, and fine artist who earned his BFA from the University of Illinois-Champaign, says lots of preparation and design goes into every project. The 360 CHICAGO installation will take Baranowski and project partner, artist Chris Carlson, approximately 50 hours over three days to complete the 10’ x 30’ 3D mural. Originally inspired to pursue 3D mural work after discovering the art at chalk festivals in Florida, he was very interested to see people stepping into the artwork.
“3D pieces are designed to view from one exact vantage point to get the full 3D effects. We’ll put a sign or footprints in place to illustrate where to capture the perfect viewpoint and the optical illusion,” says Baranowski who has completed over 200 3D works of art in a combination of permanent, semi-permanent and temporary works.
“We continually seek imaginative ways to showcase our spectacular views, and Nate’s incredible talent really captured a thrilling new way to enhance our guests’ experience while providing an entirely new and artistic attraction for visitors,” says Nichole Benolken, managing director for 360 CHICAGO.
360 CHICAGO also features an ongoing and rotating art series that spotlights local Chicago talents who capture the importance of social change, positive movement forward and the beauty of Chicago.
Located at 875 N. Michigan Avenue, 360 CHICAGO is open daily at 9 a.m. General admission and TILT ride tickets and timed-entry ticket packages are available at 360chicago.com.