EXPO CHICAGO brings a world of art to the city

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CHICAGO -- Now in its fifth year at Navy Pier, EXPO CHICAGO is bringing art and people from around the world to our city.

The international exposition of modern and contemporary art showcases the work of more than 3,000 artists, 145 galleries and 23 countries.

"Chicago is the place that the international art professionals, collectors, curators came and are now coming again in force," said Tony Karman, President and Director of EXPO.

There’s artwork that inspires and maybe puzzles, like a pile of pillows, a giant comb with a fist for a handle, or a tunnel of florescent light.

Outside, one of the show's biggest hits is an installation art piece that people can walk inside of. Artist Randy Polumbo’s “Love Stream #2” features the bones a 1961 Airstream customized with welded aluminum and hand-blown glass petals.

Polumbo describes it as "somewhere between a giant walk-in kaleidoscope, maybe a particle accelerator, a futuristic subconscious garden."

"I’ve been making these strange blown glass flowers forever in weird immersive environments boxes and tunnels and things,” he said.

The piece is one of several being shared by collector Beth Rudin DeWoody here in Chicago, and some of her other pieces are on display at The Peninsula nearby the Museum of Contemporary Art through October 23.