CHICAGO – PILSEN WALLS

26Sep2013

Chicago was an intense one-week, three-ball juggling act, complete with large-scale wheate paste experimentation, a super-sized Pilsen mural, and a weekend with some of our favourite people in the world; the Fountain Art Fair! Add to this more fabulous kick-in-the-face mouth-watering tacos than you could ever shake a stick at, and the story flies straight as Cupid’s love-drenched arrow straight to our hearts!

I was joined by Valery Lajoie (new EN MASSE team project coordinator and official red-headed kicker of asses) on her first outta town drawing mission to this third most populous city in the United States, with 2.7 million residents.

The windy city, not in fact named for the bone chilling breeze off lake Mitch, but for the hot air coming out the mouths of the city’s politicians. NOT in this case however! Enter Alderman Dany Solis (http://ward25.com), the man behind the Pilsen “Art in Public Spaces” project. The man put his money where his mouth is, blowing green instead of gas in the form of 15 grand pulled out of his personal stash to fund this truly epic series of murals along a many mile stretch of elevated railway platform in Pilsen.

Working with 12 artists, this popcorn textured wall soaked up buckets of paint lovingly applied by one of the most fabulous group of artists I’ve ever personally had the pleasure of working alongside. A truly gifted, generous, and all around remarkable team!

LIST OF ARTISTS:
RADAH
MELON
ZERO
JC RIVERA
REVISE CMW
FACTS
CZR PRZ
SAM KIRK
BROOKS BLAIR GOLDEN
LADY LUCX
NICE ONE
JASON BOTKIN
CENO

A VERY special thanks to Rachel Kaplan, Jenni Button, and Lauren Pacheco for making this thing happen. We love you ladies!

In the immortal words of Franky L. Wright:

“Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world.”

We agree.