McCormick Tribune Museum Sculpture



Project Description

Signature Sculpture for the McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum.


Tribune Tower. Chicago ,IL, USA


Signature Sculpture


12 feet tall




McCormick Foundation, McCormick Tribune Freedom Museum

The Big Issue

Fragile state of free speech around the world and domestically.


To develop a construct, built by interlocking individual parts, that work together, both structurally and formally, to expresses the tenuous nature of the freedom of speech.

"Freedom is built by numbers. Numbers of voice, moment and media that together have assembled a foundation of independence. We are a nation building the story of freedom of speech. We have used the pen, the printing press, the radio, the telephone, the television, the computer, the satellite and the internet as tools to communicate a chorus of ideas. It is all the mediums working together that allow for the singular voice to be heard. A single voice that can change the order of everything to come, and redefines all that preceded it."


Design: Karla Sierralta, Brian Strawn / 3D Visualization: Diego Sierralta / Structural Engineering: Louis Shell Structures

About the Competition

The Tribune Tower in Chicago is the result of an international design competition held by the Chicago Tribune in 1922. A $50,000 prize was offered for “the most beautiful and eye-catching building in the world” and John Mead Howells and Raymond Hood beat out 260 other competitors with their neo-gothic design. To celebrate the McCormick Tribune Foundation’s 50th anniversary another international competition was launched, this time to secure a signature work of art for the foundation’s new Freedom Museum, which was located in the bottom of the famous Tribune Tower. The Competition received 690 entrants, from which 10 finalists were selected for Phase II development.

The Jury included: James Cuno (Director of the Art Institute of Chicago), Susan Fisher Sterling (National Museum of Women in the Arts), Dick Friedman (National Strategy Forum), Dr. Charles Haynes (First Amendment Center), Vic Vickrey (VOA), and Patrick Gallagher (Gallagher & Associates)

Freedom in Numbers was exhibited in:

“Competition: Public Process for Public Architecture” at the Chicago Architecture Foundation from January 2005 until May 2006.It was also featured in the online exhibition of the same name. Freedom in Numbers was also displayed in the base of the Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL.

Freedom in Numbers was published in

: The Chicago Tribune and in the book Celebrating Freedom.

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