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100 Links installation by AD-WO at CAB 5

Delicately suspended in the Chicago Cultural Center, a dainty filigree of chains filled the room, and sunlight poured in from the neoclassical building’s arched windows. It was impossible not to be enraptured by all this beauty — that is, until I reached down to pick up one of the little red books from the piles below. The literature revealed the unsavoury history of the apparatus on display in this installation designed by New York’s AD–WO (in partnership with Columbia University’s Buell Center) for CAB 5, the fifth edition of the Chicago Architecture Biennial.

100 Links installation by AD-WO at CAB 5
Divided into 100 links, Gunter’s chain was a surveying tool used by colonizers to lay out fields, farms and towns.

Gunter’s chain, as it was once called, was...

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