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The Merchandise Mart

by on Dec.02, 2019, under Life, Photography

Heading along the southern side of the canal till I reached some buildings that I’d been told would be lit up with light projections at night

LaSalle to Clark

LaSalle to Clark

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f/4 S @ 24 mm, 5 sec at f/8, ISO 64

Note: These photographs (especially the wider shots) look much better when larger. To see larger versions in an inline overlay slideshow gallery viewer click any of the images.

When The Merchandise Mart was opened in 1930, it was the largest building in the world, with 390,000 square metres of floor space. It is so large that it had its own ZIP Code (60654) until 2008

This art deco structure is located at the junction of the Chicago River’s branches. It was built in the same art deco style as the Chicago Board of Trade Building

The Merchandise Mart

The Merchandise Mart

NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f/4 S @ 16 mm, 2.5 sec at f/5.6, ISO 64

Since 2018 a bank of permanent projectors have been installed into the wall on this side of the canal. At night a light show projects onto the buildings facade

To be honest the projections and animations weren’t particularly interesting – mainly slow moving solid colours. The fabulous light shows on the buildings here in Sydney during the Vivid festival certainly put this to shame


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