In September 2013, part of the mile long mural on the West 16th Street railway wall was painted by en masse, a Montreal based collaborative. Like most of their work, it is painted in black and white. It is too big for one photo so I hope that this small collection of images give you a sense of what the whole looks like.
On West 16th in Pilsen, there is a bridge where S. Blue Island Avenue goes under the railway tracks. On the west is a mural featuring five women that was painted in 2016 by Sam Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi to balance the “Galeria del Barrio” across the street. “Galeria del Barrio” consists of a long row of different coloured men’s faces that portray different emotions. This is the oldest mural in the area and was originally created by Aurelio Diaz with the help of 20 children from St. Procopius Church in 1976. It was restored in 2016 by Sam Kirk. The men’s heads at the west end are 10 feet tall.
Near the 18th Street CTA stop on the pink line, and in the Pilsen area of Chicago, is a mosaic mural by the J-DEF Peace Project.
The J-DEF Peace Project by the parents of Jeff Maldonado who was shot a day after his 19th birthday. It is a program that works towards ending gun violence among Chicago’s youth. They have made a safe place for young people to come together to participate in art projects and other programs.
below: A tribute to Ana Mateo, Francisco Mendoza, and Javier Merino.
below: Police officer Brian Strouse is also on the Wall of Honor.
The words under the four portraits say:
“We need to work hard to make the world better
Stop killin’ each other, start comin’ together
But the things you want in life like the cars and the bling
Got you blinded by the fact that its only a dream.”
below: The end of the mural, “make smart choices”.