If you’re reading this blog, you might have an interest in getting inside Mies’ head. Online, you can only go so far, but if you come to the Illinois Institute of Technology’s Main Campus, you can actually walk inside his mouth.
We’re talking about the portrait of Mies van der Rohe featured on the McCormick Tribune Campus Center’s State Street entrance. 2x4 Graphics fashioned this re-creation of the famous Hedrich Blessing photograph of Mies standing behind his model of Crown Hall. In a nod to Mies’ policy of revealing a building’s structure through its ornamentation, the pixels are actually small icons of student activities—indicating that the MTCC is a student center. The building itself, which opened in 2003, was designed by Rem Koolhaas.
See all this and more on our daily tour of IIT, offered at 10 a.m. (or by appointment for groups of 10 or more people).
photo courtesy of Irena Hynes
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