“Constellation” | Santiago Calatrava

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Chicago finally has a little something from Santiago Calatrava! His sculpture Constellation has just been completed at River Point Park. The vibrant red of the sculpture is the perfect contrast against the glassy blue towers surrounding the area.

The swirly red has a leaf-like motif or if his past designs and inspirations come into play perhaps it’s feather-like? As much of his work seems to draw inspiration from birds.

I have to say I was originally a bit surprised this bright red sculpture was by Calatrava since I’m so used to his work often being very white in nature. Regardless, I love it! It’s perfectly situated at the point of the river and the perfect addition to a city that’s full of great public art!

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Depending on where you stand in relation to the sculpture its shape changes dramatically. Which makes for great shots, wide or from a more detailed perspective.

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

The light is also fleeting in this area at this time of year so I only had about 30 minutes of sporadic light to touch the sculpture. But the dappled patterns make for some dramatic and interesting results.

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

The winter landscaping by OJB and still green grass add to the areas appeal as well.

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Getting in a bit tighter and incorporating the neighboring buildings makes for some interesting contrasts.

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Even looking up through the sculpture provides a unique perspective.

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

Now, isolating those details because the swirly nature of this sculpture allows for some fun perspectives up close. Really emphasizing the leaf-like or feather-like design.

Constellation, Santiago Calatrava, River Point Chicago

This is just a small sample of the varying perspectives I made of this. If you’d like to see more you can head over here.

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