Signature work of art for the McCormick Tribune Foundation's new Freedom Museum, located in the base of the historic Tribune Tower on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.

"Freedom in Numbers" was selected as 1 of 10 finalists from 690 entrants in an international design competition that celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the McCormick Tribune Foundation. The sculpture was designed as the centerpiece for the organization's new Freedom Museum. The project was featured in the "Competition: Public Process for Public Architecture" exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Foundation, was published in the Chicago Tribune, and was included in the book Celebrating Freedom: 12151791.


Freedom is built by numbers: of voice, moment and media. These mediums working together allow for the singular voice to be heard.

An assemblage of individual components working together to form a whole. Tension and compression balance the sculpture as it reaches out. Made up of over 1,837 individual parts and 144 layers, the sculpture contains 10 digital screens that display curated video and images of moments along our nation's path to freedom. 


The materials that make up the structure represent the different states of an idea and select imagery symbolize larger freedom movements.

Just as the Tribune Tower is itself studded with 149 stones and architectural artefacts from around the world (including a moon rock, a piece of the Great Pyramid, and a remnant of steel from the World Trade Center), the Freedom Museum Sculpture is a platform for displaying photos and videos of key moments of the United States' progress toward freedom.


Environments and Service Design: Strawn+Sierralta

Model Fabrication: Model Options 

Structural Engineer: Louis Shell Structures


Competition Jury: 

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 Architects
Patrick Gallagher, Gallagher & Associates