Attendees of NeoCon, the National Exposition of Contract Furnishings, at Chicago's Merchandise Mart were treated to a colossal surprise upon their arrival at the commercial interiors design trade show: A giant multi-colored, multi-faceted sculpture suspended from the ceiling.

The 30-foot, 1,380-pound sculpture, titled "Escalator Canopy" and created by design company Wolf-Gordon, was installed Sunday at the Merchandise Mart's "town square" ahead of the June 11-13 conference.

"Escalator Canopy," a temporary, site-specific creation, is composed of over 250 sides covered in over 500 yards of various upholstery textiles, mirrors and wallcoverings.

(Scroll down to check out the impressive sculpture.)

NeoCon is no small affair -- it attracts 40,000 attendees each year, features some 700 exhibits and occupies 1 million square-feet of exhibition space spanning 10 floors of the Mart. Among the keynote speakers at this year's convention was former mayor Richard M. Daley.

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  • "Escalator Canopy" was designed and fabricated by Wolf-Gordon's Marybeth Shaw along with Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker of New York studio karlssonwilker and The Guild of Brooklyn. <br> <em>Photo: James Shanks</em>

  • "Escalator Canopy" was designed and fabricated by Wolf-Gordon's Marybeth Shaw along with Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker of New York studio karlssonwilker and The Guild of Brooklyn. <br> <em>Photo: James Shanks</em>

  • "Escalator Canopy" was designed and fabricated by Wolf-Gordon's Marybeth Shaw along with Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker of New York studio karlssonwilker and The Guild of Brooklyn. <br> <em>Photo: James Shanks</em>

  • "Escalator Canopy" was designed and fabricated by Wolf-Gordon's Marybeth Shaw along with Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker of New York studio karlssonwilker and The Guild of Brooklyn. <br> <em>Photo: James Shanks</em>

  • "Escalator Canopy" was designed and fabricated by Wolf-Gordon's Marybeth Shaw along with Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker of New York studio karlssonwilker and The Guild of Brooklyn. <br> <em>Photo: James Shanks</em>

  • "Escalator Canopy" was designed and fabricated by Wolf-Gordon's Marybeth Shaw along with Hjalti Karlsson and Jan Wilker of New York studio karlssonwilker and The Guild of Brooklyn. <br> <em>Photo: James Shanks</em>