en masse on West 16th Street, Chicago

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.

men and women beside the bridge

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.

On the west side:

part of a mural by Sam Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi of five large women's heads

part of a mural by Sam Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi of large women's heads, some trees in the way  mural by Sam Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi of three large women's heads

On the east side:

mens faces in profiles in different colours, large, about 10 feet tall, mural on a wall beside the railway tracks in Pilsen Chicago, Galeria del Barrio. One face is green and has a red tongue that is sticking out

mens faces in profiles in different colours, large, about 10 feet tall, mural on a wall beside the railway tracks in Pilsen Chicago, Galeria del Barrio

mens faces in profiles in different colours, large, about 10 feet tall, mural on a wall beside the railway tracks in Pilsen Chicago, Galeria del Barrio

Galeria des barios, a mural of men's faces in profile, different colours, different emotions,

More information about the mural

J-DEF Peace Project, mosaic, Pilsen

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.

purple background, mosaic mural, words that say J DEF peace project

mosaic mural outside on a wall at 18th and Paulina in Pilsen area of Chicago, an arm raised with a fist along with the words paz, talk to your neighbors

part of a mural at 18th and Paulina in Pilsen area of Chicago, by J-DEF peace project, a portrait of Jeff Maldonado Jr. for whom the project is named after, as well as a picture with the theme of create safe places away from gun violence

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.

moasaic mural of tiles with words create safe places. A picture of a body outline on the ground with three red hearts, also shadows of two people with long hair on swings. A man plays a drum with the words Rudy Avina

below: A tribute to Ana Mateo, Francisco Mendoza, and Javier Merino.
Pilsen wall of honor part of mosaic mural, pictures and names of three people, young girl Ana Mateo, and two men, Francisco Mendoza and Javier Merino.

below: Police officer Brian Strouse is also on the Wall of Honor.

mosaic tribute to policeman, Brian Strouse, along with the words we need to work hard to make the world better

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”.

part of a mosaic mural, J DEF peace project, back of a car, with words make smart choices