public space

Negril Community Center by Amanda Martinez

 

Location: norman manley blvd, Negril, Jamaica
Year(s): 2018 Participants: Staff and Volunteers
Description: This building in the center of Negril, a popular beach destination, is a multi-use facility that hosts youth programming, community meetings, congregations, and more. We transformed one side of the yellow structure with a design that alludes to the harmonious connection between humankind and the natural world in order to honor Negril's rich history as a fishing village.

18th Ward by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Ashburn, W 79th St & S Kedzie Ave Chicago, IL 60652
Year(s): 2018
Participants: Volunteers and Community Members
Partner(s): 18th Ward
Description: This mural, located at a busy intersection on the Southwest Side of Chicago, is part of the 50x50 Neighborhood Arts Project, which provided funding for a public art project in each of Chicago's 50 Wards.

The 18th Ward chose us to help beautify this Metra underpass to make it more pedestrian-friendly. They wanted a design that would name each of the different neighborhoods of the ward, showcase the diversity in the area, and highlight the fact that many people in the ward are civil servants, including police and fire fighters. 

 

Colvin House by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location:  Edgewater-5940 North Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660
Year(s): 2017
Participants: 30 [9th-12th Grade]
Partner(s): After School Matters; 48th Ward
Description: Over the fall of 2016, teens in our After School Matters program at Broadway Armory explored the ideas of identity and diversity during our design workshops, then they combined their thoughtful sketches into a masterpiece that showcases the beauty of multiculturalism. In the spring of 2017, they finally created and installed the mural at Colvin House in Edgewater.

Lakeview by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Lakeview-1025 W Belmont Ave, Chicago,IL 60657
Year(s): 2017
Participants: 15 [9th-12th graders]
Partner(s): Ward 44
Description: Inspired by the resplendent beauty of nature, this larger-than-life mural provides a splash of color and light alongside a sidewalk in Lakeview.

Woodlawn Gateway at 65th Street by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Woodlawn-65th Street and South Dorchester Ave
Year(s): 2017-2018
Participants: Volunteers and Community Members
Description: This sprawling mural spans both sides of the underpass at Woodlawn and 65th Street and is a tribute to the area's illustrious history and lush natural environment. The mural includes historic pictures of Woodlawn, depictions of local wildlife, and features the Obama family at the 2013 Inaguration Ball, Minnie Ripperton, Lorraine Hansberry, and Angela Davis. Our team later worked to add painted designs to the underpass columns.

Peace Panda Project by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Multiple
Year(s): 2017
Partner(s): iGrow, Earthheart Foundation, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Peace Warriors of North Lawndale College Prep
Description: In 2016, Green Star Movement conceived of the Peace Panda Project, which would highlight the ways individuals and communities across Chicago promote tolerance, inclusivity, and non-violence, and then those efforts would be memorialized with permanent mini murals that installed in highly-visible areas in the city.

At the end of 2016, we fundraised for the Peace Panda Project and our generous supporters helped us surpass our goal. 

Over the course of 2017, we solicited ideas from people and groups to develop themes for 8 Peace Pandas that were designed, created and then installed* in neighborhoods across the city.

Almost all 8 pandas now have homes around Chicago and represent the ideals of family, cooperation, sanctuary, contemplation, perseverance, hope, community, and compassion.

*Due to weather constraints, we will be installing the final two pandas in the spring of 2018.

The Burnham at Woodlawn Park - Preservation of Affordable Housing by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Woodlawn - 6154 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago IL 60637
Year(s): 2017
Partner(s): Preservation of Affordable Housing (POAH)
Description: Our team completed a mirror-mosaic sculpture and tile-mosaic benches for the courtyard of an affordable housing complex in Woodlawn run by the Preservation of Affordable Housing Chicago. The designs for both the sculpture and the bench were inspired by traditional African imagery and patterns.

 

Amor de Dios Church by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Little Village - 2356 S Sawyer, Chicago IL 60623
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 30 [9th-12th grade students]
Partner(s): After School Matters
Description: Through a contest opened to nonprofits in the community in the fall of 2015, our After School Matters students selected Amor de Dios Church for their summer beautification project. The church is central to the community and serves its constituents not only as a place of worship but also as a community center and food pantry. So, the students designed the mural to reflect the culture and contributions of the church to the neighborhood residents by depicting a woman offering fresh food flanked by a mayan calendar-inspired sun, fruit tree, and flowers.

Edgebrook Gateway Mural by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Edgebrook - W Devon Ave and N Central Ave, Chicago IL 60646
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 15 [9th-12th grade students]
Partner(s): After School Matters
Description: Continuing our beautification of the Edgebrook neighborhood, we worked with students through After School Matters to enhance the community's main intersection with a mural that highlights Edgebrook's motto, "Gateway to the Forest." 

Woodlawn Gateway at 67th by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Woodlawn - Dorchester Ave + Marquette Rd, Chicago IL 60637
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 15 [all ages]
Description: GSM worked with youth from Woodlawn community groups plus hundred of volunteers from throughout the city to transform this space. Spanning the length of a Metra underpass in the center of Woodlawn, this gateway mural incorporates musical imagery that reflects the community's jazz legacy as well as floral motifs that represent the Woodlawn Botanical Garden.

This project was featured on NBC's Making a Difference segment in August 2016!

Edgebrook Metra Underpass by TechTeam

 

Location: Edbebrook, North Edgebrook, Wildwood - 6710 N. Kinzua, Chicago, IL
Year(s): 2012-2015
Participants: 75 [9th-12th grade students]
Partner(s): After School Matters, Neighborhood Connection Project
Description: The pedestrian underpass, which connects 3 communities, is covered with images of native flowers, the area's ties to the railroadm and the region's history with Native Americans, especially Billy Caldwall. 

The Peace Corner Youth Center by TechTeam

Location: South Austin - 5022 W Madison, Chicago, IL
Year(s): 2011
Participants: 15 [9th-12th grade students]
Partner(s): After School Matters
Description: Located inside the youth center, this three-dimensional geometric installation is covered entirely with cut mirror.

Ordinarily, mirrors reflect only light, but these, shaped and placed by young hands of hope, reflect life. Some mirrors are bigger, others are small; some are flat others have depth, but all have come together as beauty. Day by day, this mural represents how each of us has something to contribute and reflect something positive to the world.
— Duane Wilson, Director at the Peace Corner
 

Trabajares - Brazil by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Year(s): 2015
Participants: 15 [all ages]
Partner(s): MacArthur Foundation, US Consulate in Brazil
Description: This mural transforms a community staircase into a flowing stream of water to bring attention to the critical issue of water accessibility in the favelas, which is especially inadequate due to Brazil's record-breaking drought.

Morro de Providencia - Brazil by Erica Hawkinson

Location: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Year(s): 2015
Participants: 20 [all ages]
Partner(s): MacArthur Foundation, US Consulate in Brazil, Unidad de Policia Pacificadora
Description: Situated in the oldest favela in the city, the mural focuses on Dodo de Portela, a local legend and important figure in the history of Carnaval.

 

CTA Red Line - Thorndale Station by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Edgewater- 1118 W Thorndale, Chicago, IL 60660
Year(s): 2014
Participants: 30 [9th-12th grade students]
Partner(s): After School Matters, 48th Ward
Description: Located at the street level entrance for the Thorndale Red Line stop, the mural showcases the Chicago skyline and illustrates its nickname, "The Windy City."