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New artwork for O’Hare Airport Terminal 5 revealed

The city on Wednesday unveiled new artwork adorning O’Hare International Airport’s Terminal 5, the terminal serving international flights to and from Chicago.

The installation of works by more than 20 Chicago artists will be completed this month and is part of a $3.5 million art commission led by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Department of Aviation. The new collection represents the city’s largest single acquisition of works by Chicago artists in the past 30 years, it was announced Wednesday.

“For millions of passengers, Terminal 5 is the first impression not only of Chicago but of our entire country, and there is no better way to showcase the essence, diversity and beauty of Chicago than through art,” said Department of Aviation Commissioner. Jamie L. Rhee said in part of the announcement.

A formal dedication event with artists will be held in the coming months.

The new artwork at Terminal 5 is “REACH,” a large-scale sculpture by New York artists Hank Willis Thomas and Coby Kennedy depicting two arms suspended in the North Escalator Hall of the O’Hare Multi-Modal Facility, installed last April merges with.

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