This is the first edition of “E-Tour Thursdays,” a look at fascinating finds from our daily tour of IIT’s campus. Tours are offered at 10 am (or by appointment for groups of 10+ people) and leave from the Campus Information Center in the McCormick Tribune Campus Center, 3201 S. State Street.
The rock upon which we will build this series is “Yarn van der Rock,” pictured to the left. This is exactly what it sounds like: a yarn-covered boulder on our Mies-designed campus. Included in the picture is a group from the other architecture tour conducted on campus: Mies & Modernism, offered twice a month by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. We recommend it just as much as our own tour!
You can stumble upon Yarn van der Rock on State Street just outside of Crown Hall. The crafters responsible remain unknown, but we can only hope they’ll reach for even loftier architect name puns. Gem Spoolhaas? Shellmut Yarn? Share your own ideas—or your impassioned plea for the puns to stop—in the comments section below.
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