Private tour with Luftwerk
October 14, 2015


Florescence, solarise, Garfield Park Conservatory © John Faier. Courtesy of Lufwerk


Wednesday October 14, 2015. Tour starts at 6:30 pm.
Garfield Park Conservatory


Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero from Luftwerk will lead a private tour of solarise on Wednesday, October 14, as part of MAS Context’s 2015 Fall Talks series. The tour will take place at the Garfield Park Conservatory.

solarise: a sea of all colors is a celebration of the story, architecture and patrons of Garfield Park Conservatory. Inspired by the groundbreaking and innovative vision of Jens Jensen—the designer of the Conservatory and godfather of naturalistic landscape and conservatory design—Luftwerk’s series of art installations echo Jensen’s sentiment for public interaction with nature, highlighting and elevating the importance nature plays in society and urban planning.

A site-specific response to the Conservatory, solarise is comprised of five dynamic, immersive installations: The Beacon, Portal, Florescence, Seed of Light, and Prismatic. Each artwork invites visitors to interact with color, light, and nature in new perspectives, heightening awareness for the viewer’s natural surroundings, the relevance of Jensen’s visionary landscape, and the architectural and societal significance of the building and its grounds.

Luftwerk is the artistic vision of Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero. Luftwerk’s art practice focuses on the exploration of what makes a space a place and how art plays a vital role within urban and natural environments. With each individual project, Luftwerk discovers and accentuates the unique connections between architecture, environment and the communities, which interact within these places, transforming their experiences of space and site through light and sound. For more information about Luftwerk, please visit You can also watch videos of their lecture during the MAS Context 2014 Spring Talks series and their installation in Marina City’s rooftop from last summer.


Please note that this is event is only open to MAS Context donors.


This tour is presented in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial.




MAS Context is supported by a grant by the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and by private donations. For information about how to support MAS Context, please visit:




What: Private tour by Luftwerk
When: Wednesday October 14, 2015.
Where: Garfield Park Conservatory – 300 N Central Park Ave, Chicago, IL 60624
Cost: Private event

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