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”.
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.
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.