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

two faces, reefa and leticia

There are many murals that feature images of faces, both male and female, in Wynwood (Miami).  Two of them are featured here.

The first is a large blue young woman with flowing grey hair, painted by Leticia Mandragora.   Her eyes contrast sharply with the rest of her face.  Mandragora is an Italian/Spanish street artist and tattooist.   Her blue faced woman have been painted in a number of places in the USA.  They all seem to have grey hair too.

mural by Leticia Mandragora of a girl with a blue face and a long head scarf in grey that trails to the left, along with three flowers

close up a large girl's face painted blue in a large mural, greenish eyes, head scarf on her head

The second mural is a memorial to street artist Israel Hernandez (aka Reefa) who died after being tasered by police in August 2013.   The portrait in the center portion was painted by Axel Void while a number of other artists contributed to the edges.

long horizontal mural by Axel Void with a young man's head inside a white circle in the middle, the edges are faces in pastel colours, stylized

center of mural, a young man's head and face, a portrait of Israel Hernandez, aka Reefa, by Axel Void

below: Justice for Reefa

stylized faces in pastel colours, at the edges of a tribute mural to reefa, painted by a number of different artists

 

 

honouring Charlie Hebdo

On a wall on rue Gaby Sylvia in the 11th arrd. of Paris, there are five small portraits of  men who died in the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical magazine, 7 January 2015.

below:  Stephane Charbonnier, editor

small portrait of a man on a wall.  Hand drawn head and shoulder shot, framed with tiny pieces of mosaic tile - Charb

below: Five portraits on a wall

On a light brown stucco wall, sign for rue Gaby Sylvia, as well as 5 small portraits frames in tiny mosiac tiles

below: Bernard Verlhac ‘Tignous’, cartoonist

small portrait of a man on a wall.  Hand drawn head and shoulder shot, framed with tiny pieces of mosaic tile - Tingous

below: Jean Cabut, cartoonist

small portrait of a man on a wall.  Hand drawn head and shoulder shot, framed with tiny pieces of mosaic tile - Cabo

below: Philippe Honore, cartoonist

small portrait of a man on a wall.  Hand drawn head and shoulder shot, framed with tiny pieces of mosaic tile - Honore

below: Georges Wollinksi, cartoonist

small portrait of a man on a wall.  Hand drawn head and shoulder shot, framed with tiny pieces of mosaic tile - Wollinski