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Cartoon Sea Creatures Float Across State Street Federal Building in Chicago

A colorful whale, octopus, and other sea animals now adorn the Chicago Federal Building on the corner of State and Adams streets.

Complete view of Float mural panels

In July 2013, the Chicago Loop Alliance (CLA) in conjunction with GSA unveiled Float, the new 500-square-foot mural enwrapping the second-story corner of the Century Building at 202 S. State St.

Created by St. Louis-based illustrator and designer Noah MacMillan and commissioned by CLA, Float features a surreal vision of sea animal parade floats passing through the downtown area in a scene reminiscent of Chicago's Thanksgiving Day parade.

View of 202 South State Federal Building with mural“'[Noah’s] idea is brilliant,'" CLA Program Manager and Curator Tristan Hummel told the CLA blog. "'A parade is a city alive, intrinsically tied to order and governance yet strangely unfettered by that container. This relationship between the city and creativity posed the perfect symbol for our project with GSA.'"

In a similar effort in the summer of 2012, GSA worked with CLA to bring Jessica Stockholder’s installation Color Jam to life at the same State and Adams intersection.

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