The Chicago Tree Project

Nick Goettling

Decades

Jackson Park

2017

Through sinuous linework, dynamic figures, and evocative patterns, Nick Goettling uses public art to tell stories.  As public spaces evolve, the stories we tell about them and the futures we imagine for ourselves change too.  Nick uses public art to activate those spaces by challenging viewers to consider their roles within these local stories and the connections people have to those communities.   

Nick grew up in the forests of Washington State, where he earned his Bachelors of Fine Arts from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis on narrative drawing and painting.  His art practice led him to Chicago, where he helped found Platform Studios in 2011.  He has made work for public agencies and private clients throughout the country, including the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, the cities of Portland and Tacoma, Northeastern Illinois University, Lagunitas and Stevens Point Brewing, Clif Bar, and others.