Art in Odd Places: Race

We want to share a very cool project that shares a kindred spirit with LED. Furthermore, we heard about this project because it was one of the works featured in this year’s recent Art in Odd Places in NYC, which is also very much up our alley. From October 6-9, AiOP activated 14th St. with installations, performances, and all sorts of projects centered on this year’s theme: Race.

Race is also the title of the piece we’re posting about, by artist Lee Nutbean. Nutbean’s piece is an LED display that spells the word “race” and, like LED, travels to different storefronts throughout the area. Nutbean’s twist is that the sign is connected to social media, and only turns off when online mentions of the word race cease. You can read more about it here. The simple, powerful sign is evocative whether or not a viewers knows about its clever online connection. It shifts between verb and noun, playing into and off of its surroundings, interpreted differently by each viewer passing by.

We hope you look into AiOP and enjoy their mission as much as we do. It’s well worth getting acquainted with the participating artists. We’re newly inspired to continue with LED in the future, though we’re not yet sure what form it will take next. As their curators state, their work “requires openness to chance and vulnerability amid chaos” and that is exactly what has made working on LED so meaningful and enjoyable.

Photos courtesy of Art in Odd Places and Hyperallergic.

“How to Drape a Sari” at Krispyfringe

Here are a few photos from our first evening at Krispyfringe Vintage. As usual, the installation will be up for a few weeks, so stop by to read Harnidh Kaur’s excellent poem, How to Drape a Sari.

If you visit during business hours, mention LED when you make a purchase and you’ll receive a 10% discount (thanks Krispyfringe)!

Their hours are:
Monday -Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday – Friday: 12pm to 7pm
Saturday and Sunday: 11am to 6pm

Krispyfringe is located in West Town at 2130 W. Chicago Ave.

June (/July) Installation at Krispyfringe Vintage

This Saturday, we will execute our final installation! Harnidh Kaur’s poem, How to Drape a Sari, will spend the next few weeks at Krispyfringe Vintage in West Town / Ukrainian Village.

We’re very happy to be included in Krispyfringe’s snazzy window display, and we think you’ll enjoy their aesthetic too. Krispyfringe sells clothing and accessories as well as home goods and furniture, so if you’re into cool vintage items then stop by during business hours.

Krispyfringe is open:
Wednesday – Friday: 12pm to 7pm
Saturday – Sunday: 11am to 6pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

They are located at 2130 W. Chicago Ave.

“Lampyridae” at 57th Street Books

Finally! Here are some images from our current installation, Kelsey Hoff’s poem, Lampyridae, at 57th Street Books.

As we mentioned before, we are a little behind schedule, so you still have plenty of time to come see this fantastic window display (thanks to 57th Street Books for the thematic selection of books and surprises) in person. We’ll be sharing more documentation soon, but please enjoy these images in the meantime.

Awesome Foundation’s 5th Anniversary

Literature Emitting Diodes was made possible by a grant from the Chicago chapter of the Awesome Foundation, so we were so excited to join other grantees and trustees to celebrate their 5th anniversary last night.

We also had an opportunity to win a grant extension through a quick pitch on stage and then a round of questions and live voting. We didn’t get the extension, but we had a great time hearing about all the other projects. It was incredibly inspiring to see what can happen when the community comes together to support creative interventions in the everyday.

Take some time to look through the Chicago Awesome Foundation’s website and see some of the other recent/ongoing projects – there are some fantastic things going on right here in the second city!

May Installation at Hyde Park Records

We are pleased to announce that our next installation, Lampyridae by Kelsey Hoff, will be at Hyde Park Records, at

Hyde Park Records is open from 11-8 every day, so if you’re into music (and books) you should stop by during business hours. As always, you’ll be able to read our display 24/7.

Stay tuned for updates and photos.