within / without: table of co. at Space p11

within / without exposes the material section of the Chicago underground. Chicago’s Pedway system is an immense below grade piece of infrastructure, spanning the length of approximately forty Chicago blocks. It often disappears into the background as simply a utilitarian means of sheltered travel. Massive parking structures beneath Millennium Park and Maggie Daley Park are also hidden in plain sight beneath the ground surface. The unsung hero of these infrastructural marvels is Geofoam; a lightweight structural material used to infill the void between earth and built matter without the added weight of soil. This project aims to spotlight an unseen and purely functional tool by misusing it as a spatial device. Following the exhibition, the Geofoam blocks will be recirculated into the line of production to be reused on future project sites in Chicago.

Image courtesy of Space p11.