Window Works: Fresnel Radiance

By: Samuel Schwindt
Sponsors: Wicker Park Buckown Special Service Area 33
Date: January 26, 2019 - May 22, 2019

Fresnel Radiance
Samuel Schwindt, 2019


Fresnel lenses were first used in lighthouses to project and refract light out onto the sea. These particular fresnels were made for reading magnification. The optic fresnels are heated close to their melting point and melded together to create ripples, creases, and wrinkles in the lenses, allowing for new possibilities of light projections and exciting interactions within the installation space. 

The fresnels in many ways reflect the nature of Wicker Park Bucktown, drawing from the environment to create new and unexpected possibilities.


Miller Chicago Real Estate

Nicole Plecas
(773) 899-0100


2139 North Damen Avenue
Chicago IL 60647

Sponsored & Funded by:
Wicker Park Bucktown
Special Service Area #33
(773) 384-2672


The Window Works program utilizes compelling contemporary art and installations to temporarily transform vacant storefronts. This activation will make the pedestrian experience of Wicker Park and Bucktown more engaging and enjoyable while showcasing and supporting area artists. The Window Works program provides artists with the space and means to realize a variety of artistic ideas and visions that may not typically fit into a gallery context. Beyond this, the program offers financial support and exposure for local artists, both established and emerging, across disciplines and mediums. Window Works also aims to attract interest in prime commercial spaces by fostering visual intrigue, generating foot traffic, and highlighting the potential of a storefront space and its impact on the community.