Sensing Change


Client: 151 North Franklin

Location: Chicago, IL, United States

Completion date: 2018

Project Team


ESI Design


The John Buck Company

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Magnusson Klemenic

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Diversified Systems

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Dimensional Communications Inc.

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Environmental Systems Design, Inc.

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Adamson Associates




“Sensing Change” is a new data-driven, dynamic art installation on a terrace in downtown Chicago that uses light to draw a connection to nature. The installation is powered by live data feeds creating a unique and ever-changing experience that can be enjoyed both during the day and at night.


The owners of 151 North Franklin Street tasked ESI Design with creating an installation for the building's outdoor terrace space. Previously, the side of a garage wall bordering the terrace made the space feel narrow and cramped.

ESI Design created a dynamic light art installation that makes the outdoor terrace space feel warm and welcoming both during the day and at night. The installation is visible to people enjoying the terrace as well as for those viewing it from the street and from the upper floors of the building. The design approach feels organic and contemplative, with a design that doesn't overwhelm the space, evoking the same active but calming feeling of dappled light through trees.


ESI Design worked closely with the client to develop the Special Event media mode, which allows building management override the Living Wall mode. This is done based on the client needs and connecting to the local community through Chicago's celebration of holidays and local events.