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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. 

 

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.

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.

 

Gunsaulus Elementary by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Brighton Park - 4420 S Sacramento Ave, Chicago IL 60632
Year(s): 2014-2016
Participants: 40 [4th-8th grade students]
Description: Over several years, Green Star Movement completed several projects at this elementary school in Brighton Park. GSM murals can be found on the main entrance, facing the playing field and playground, and on the theater entrance.

Swift Elementary by Erica Hawkinson

 

Location: Edgewater Beach - 5900 N Winthrop, Chicago IL 60660
Year(s): 2016
Participants: 30 [teens]
Partner(s): After School Matters
Description: GSM completed two projects at this school. The first faces the school's outdoor performance space on the east side of the building and blends Chicago imagery with representations of fine arts disciplines. The second mural, which is on the north side of the building and faces the school's playground, includes a shining sun, flowers, and silhouettes of children playing.

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. 

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.