Category: Murals on buildings

On Blue Line, Watching the Art Go By.

On Blue Line, Watching the Art Go By.
I love riding the Blue Line–for most of my life I was a Red Line and Purple Line gal, and this goes way back.  I remember riding the old wooden L cars with wicker seats on the Evanston line (now the purple line) and buying my first pack of cigarettes at the concession stand in... Read more »

Murals--One Way to Know Your Neighborhood

Why do people paint murals on blank walls in their neighborhood?   Most  neighborhood murals have a purpose: to educate, inform or to welcome people to a neighborhood.  A mural on the walls of the railroad viaduct on Greenleaf Street, a short walk from Nichols School, where I taught for 25 years was recently restored.   ... Read more »

Little Rock: Two Murals and a New Downtown

Little Rock: Two Murals and a New Downtown
Little Rock Arkansas has a little rock and a big rock.  I’ve been living here for six months and haven’t seen either one.  But I’ve seen a lot of things more interesting than rocks, small or large. On the corner of Main and 6th Street, right across from the Rep, a local theater company is... Read more »
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Chicago from an Arkansan Eye

Chicago from an Arkansan Eye
Recently I moved to Little Rock Arkansas, a small beautiful Southern city.  I have lived in other places, but never permanently, always assuming  that the Chicago suburbs would be my home forever.  The move was a big change, but not as huge as I thought it would be at first. When we loaded up the... Read more »

The Rock Church and Churches on Steriods, Unexpected Art in Eastern Europe.

The Rock Church and Churches on Steriods, Unexpected Art in Eastern Europe.
There were many surprises on my river cruise through Europe–one was the  Orthodox Churches I saw in Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.  I am familiar with Eastern Orthodox Churches in the United States, but in Eastern Europe, Orthodox churches were on steroids. Every  surface in these churches was covered with paintings, walls, ceilings, porches, and some... Read more »

Unexpected Art in St Louis--Trompe L'oeil Murals on Old Buildings

 St Louis MO has a lot of cool old buildings.  The trompe l’oeil murals look almost as good as the real thing.       When I saw the first one, I thought Wow! How cool. The murals were everywhere. Unexpected art! We were driving  through St Louis on the way to Arkansas and decided to... Read more »
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An Unexpected Mural on Howard Street brings back the 1970's

1621 W. Howard Street, Chicago IL in Rogers Park, formerly the Howard Theater, now affordable rental apartments Mural on the back of the old Howard Theater Building, visible from the Howard El platform The Howard Theater was built opened in 1917 and showed feature  films until November 1975. It closed when a chandelier fell into... Read more »