In the Heart of this Infinite Particle of Galactic Dust, 2019
Willis Tower, Chicago, Illinois
Jacob Hashimoto’s In the Heart of this Infinite Particle of Galactic Dust, 2019 was designed specifically for the new Willis Tower Wacker Lobby in Chicago, Illinois. The work features over 7,000 individual kite-like disks made of paper and resin, which Hashimoto strategically positioned to create the effect of a faceted cloud-like mass reflecting the Chicago sky. With its translucent, stained glass-like imagery and undulating form, this dynamic artwork changes depending on the time of day and the viewer's position, inspiring elements of discovery and surprise with every encounter.
EQ Office selected Hashimoto for this commission because of his lifelong belief in art's capacity to connect with diverse audiences, as well as his ties to Chicago—Hashimoto studied at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Having grown up in the rural American West, Hashimoto was captivated by the way the skies, clouds, and stars played off the city's world-renowned architecture and skyline, a phenomenon he attempts to replicate with this work.