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Give me a minute, please! offers a place of respite and relaxation along the Chicago Riverwalk.

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Located at the confluence of the Chicago River’s three branches, a large red pyramid marks the start of the riverwalk.

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Currently at the site, we approached the largest structure of artist Robert Burnier’s 2018 series Black Tiberinus as a found object, with the ambition to extend the use of the existing artwork.

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Searching for a design that could reuse the artwork’s structure to create a new type of space along the Riverwalk, the pyramid offered material and structural efficiency as well as an iconic form with a generous roof.

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Relative to the city, the large pyramidal form commands its presence by distinguishing itself from its context. Acting like a big umbrella, the pyramid houses various objects underneath its cover.

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The commanding red pyramid marks the western-most entrance to the Chicago Riverwalk.

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The pyramidal form gives even greater height to the structure that was already visible from Upper Wacker Drive. The structure’s presence encourages curiosity.

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Each of the spaces within the 9-square grid holds a unique atmosphere where visitors can pause to relax and find their own space to take a minute.

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From a distance, the pyramid expresses its singularity. However, upon visitors approach, the objects within begin to provide an intimate and human scale.

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The eight surrounding spatial artifacts lend unique atmospheres underneath the monolithic structure - allowing for individuals to find a momentary space all their own.

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The height of the pyramid's canopy emphasizes a horizontal view of the surrounding riverscape - encouraging reflection and pause to take in curated views of the river.

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