If you’ve been to Chicago’s Navy Pier recently, you’ve probably noticed it’s all tatted up. The asphalt on North Street Drive sports a meandering yellow tattoo that seems to have slipped off of Mike Tyson’s face (or more precisely, Jessica Lange’s wrist). What’s up with that?
Steed Taylor, that’s what’s up. The 52-year-old artist visited the Windy City a couple months ago to participate in the group show BIGArt, a celebration of oversized works that featured luminaries like Roy Lichtenstein and Nancy Rubins. A strip of Celtic-style tangles about 650 feet long and 25 feet wide, Taylor’s “Galloon” is one of the more pupil-jacking pieces in this exhibition. While it’s easy to soak up the road tattoo’s surface beauty, its title – galloon is a woven trim sometimes often used in military uniforms – underscores a more serious, pain-tinged meaning. Read the full article, Mr. Taylor’s comments and see more pictures here.