For about a quarter century each June, a block-long concrete retaining wall / bench in Chicago’s Loyola Park has been the canvass for a festival of Rogers Park muralists: the annual Artists of the Wall festival. Each year the previous year’s work is removed, the wall subdivided, and the artists go at it.
The general quality of this year’s work was not as good as 2017, but there was still a lot of worthwhile detail. Here are some I’d like to share. Click on an image to enlarge it:
All the photos by Roman.
It wasn’t all Peace & Love, alas.
I don’t recall who took this photo. I want to say an acquaintance from college, Paul Chen, but it may have been someone with the Illinois Institute of Technology student newspaper. Or someone else altogether. I’ve had the print since sometime shortly after the meeting. It accurately captures the spirit of some of the folks involved in lefty politics at the time.
These are photos my old cats would have appreciated had the photos been accompanied by surround sound, scent and motion… Likewise, I sit and stare… and stare…
“Three immigrant window cleaners risk their lives every day rappelling down some of Chicago’s tallest skyscrapers.”
On the CTA Red Line viaduct at Farwell. Photos by Roman: