To mark the 160th anniversary of the historic “Wide Awakes Grand Procession” Crown created a window installation at her studio in downtown Chicago. Crown melds imagery from the newly reformed Wide Awakes movement and her own graphic interpretation of an open eye. Unveiled to coincide with the Wide Awakes March on October 3, 2020, the installation will remain installed through the November 2020 presidential election keeping watch over busy N. Michigan Avenue and Millenium Park.
Created with dichroic film, a medium that Crown has explored in various artworks, the installation is a living object constantly changing with the sunlight and position of the viewer. Often considered a closed off and solitary space, Crown invites passerby’s to experience her studio and offering each of them an opportunity for awakening.