In a couple of weeks, visitors to NPE2009 will arrive in Chicago to paint the town plastic. But right now, Chicago has a plastic-related project of its own that's pretty neat. Columbian Model & Exhibit Works Ltd. is creating a plastic model of downtown Chicago. The Chicago Tribune has a feature story and slide show about the exhibit, which is on display at the Chicago Architecture Foundation in the Santa Fe Building, on 224 S. Michigan Ave. Viewing of the 25- by-35-foot model is free. Each building in Chicago's downtown is represented, manufactured from acrylic using a stereolithography machine. The exhibit runs through Sept. 20, and Cathy Tinker, owner of Columbian Model & Exhibit Works, told the newspaper "We're not aware of any city model that has a footprint of this size and scale anywhere else in this country." Now if Chicago only had a tall building that tourists could visit where they could view the downtown area, to compare the accuracy of the model with the real thing...
Building a scale model of Chicago, in plastic
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