Every major city experiences problems with neglected, inactive spaces, and sites marked with vandalism. In Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood, Alderman Danny Solis turned to the arts community for a solution. The resolution is called Art in Public Spaces, which involves a curatorial collaboration with the Chicago Urban Art Society, National Museum of Mexican Art, and Pawn Works.
Today, because of the Art in Public Spaces campaign, you can visit W. 16th St. and Halsted St. to Damen Ave. and witness the transformation of problem areas in Pilsen to dynamic and beautiful works of art created by a variety of American and overseas artists like Reyes78 (pictured above), ROA, Gaia, and many others. Put on your hat and gloves and take a stroll down Pilsen's public galleries.
Belgian artist ROA's contribution to Pilsen
Gaia's Quetzalcoatl and the Stork mural
Mural's in progress