Alice in Riverwalk


2010
Book, 5” x 8.25”

Chicago Riverwalk reopened in 2009. It was originally created as a part of Daniel Burnham’s 1909 plan of Chicago but was ignored later in the century. Now it is a river-level promenade offering visitors concessions that include riverfront cafes, tour boats and water taxis.

The current Chicago mayor, Richard Daley ambitiously attempted to make Chicago riverfront a prime public space. However, the Riverwalk interestingly resembles Wonderland, a metaphor of a beautiful yet strange place. It seemed that only the part from State Street to Michigan Avenue Bridge is beautiful (it costed $22 million to renew this part alone), and the rest appears to be rather abandoned. The coexistence of beauty and eeriness, and liveliness and emptiness do not make much sense. This odd disconnection is so surreal that characters from Alice in Wonderland live there.