Most major cities have problems with vandalism and graffiti. The Pilsen neighborhood has cleverly turned lemons into lemonade by organizing an initiative with the Chicago Urban Art Society to display murals by internationally recognized street artists. Featured works include:
- Mosaics depicting Mexican icons at the Cooper Dual Language Academy (1645 W. 18th St.)
- Jeff Zimmerman paintings of the people and cultures of Pilsen (1900 S. Ashland Ave.)
- Juan Angel Chavez's glass mosaic Vida Simple at the Dame Ave. Pink Line Station (2100 S. Damen Ave.)
Murals at the CTA's Pink Line Station
The project is in part funded by a $10K donation from Alderman Danny Solis, with paint donations from Montana and Sherman-Williams.
The most talked about work is Gaia's Quetzalcoatl and the Stork, a piece that's inspired by the Pilsen neighborhood. The work illustrates the shared Catholic faith between the neighborhood's Polish and Mexican residents with a mythical creature that, in Mexican culture, tells the story of immigration and Catholic evangelism.
Quetzalcoatl and the Stork