Sky’s the Limit | Chicago

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On my way to and from California during recent travels I had a couple of short layovers in Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) airport. My favorite part of this airport is an underground tunnel, decorated by artist Michael Hayden. The art installation is called Sky’s the Limit and was completed in 1987.

Sky's the Limit by Michael Hayden | public art installation combining music and color in Chicago's O'Hare airport ORD
 

Those traversing the tunnel are treated to a colorful neon light show accompanied by music. The effect is mesmerizing.

The first two photos were captured on my way to California. The tunnel was quite busy and I had only seconds to capture my shot without people moving past.

Sky's the Limit by Michael Hayden | public art installation combining music and color in Chicago's O'Hare airport ORD
 
Sky's the Limit by Michael Hayden | public art installation combining music and color in Chicago's O'Hare airport ORD
 

On my return trip I passed through O’Hare very early in the morning as I came off of a red eye flight from San Diego. I practically had the place to myself, which was very cool.

Sky's the Limit by Michael Hayden | public art installation combining music and color in Chicago's O'Hare airport ORD
 

On previous trips through ORD I had been rushed and never stopped to capture Sky’s the Limit with my camera. As I was traveling solo this time (and had plenty of time to make my connections both coming and going) I stopped to capture a few photos.

All photographs in this post were captured handheld with my iPhone 7+ using the Lightroom CC camera in HDR mode. Processing was done in Lightroom Classic and Aurora HDR 2018.

I’m still sorting through my photos from my trip, so keep an eye out for more travel photos soon!

This post is Part 1 in a series of articles about my California adventures in July of 2018.

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