Sculptures by Todd Slaughter seen at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), Chicago - The Body of Lake Michigan
Sculptures by Todd Slaughter seen at Chicago Midway International Airport (MDW), Chicago - The Body of Lake Michigan

The Body of Lake Michigan

“The Body of Lake Michigan" (fiberglass and steel; 1999 - 2001) by Todd Slaughter is a suspended blue sculpture, which was constructed with the use of the physical characteristics data of Lake Michigan, collected by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS).

The width and length of the sculpture (28’ long x 14’ wide) is constructed in the scale of 1:58,000 to the actual lake. The depth of the sculpture (4’) is constructed in the scale of 1:230, which exaggerates the depth of the lake, enabling the lake bottom features to be seen more easily and dramatically.

The sculpture is also aligned to the geography of the earth’s surface just as Lake Michigan itself is aligned, and is located at the security checkpoint, near the food court, at Chicago Midway International Airport.

Meet the Creator

Todd Slaughter is professor in the Deparment of Art's sculpture program. He has held many solo and group exhibitions, both internationally and nationally. His sculptural installations have been exhibited by the Aronoff Center for the Arts and the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati, the Akron Art Museum, the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY, Artists Space and PS 1, New York, NY, and a major retrospective at the Chicago Cultural Center. Permanent public works can be found in the Midway Airport, Chicago, and Tarifa/Algeciras, Spain. He is the recipient of several Ohio Arts Council Individual Artists Fellowship awards and a NEA Individual Artist Fellowship. Reviews of his work have appeared in Sculpture Magazine and El Pais.”

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