Fish Swimming in Concrete

They were swimming in front of a bar in Noble Square. They showed such grace and beauty for creatures gliding in cement. I was absolutely delighted in finding these koi; it was another piece trying to make Chicago beautiful. These koi were the work of stencil street artist Jeremy Novy. I had the opportunity to […]

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A New Mantra for Chicago

It’s all about inclusivity. I came across we all live here while waiting for the Ashland bus back in December. The words were chalked onto a brick wall of a bank; each word a different color. For me, I saw it in the context of immigration, documented or not. We do all live here; we […]

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Part 3: Spring in Manhattan

The following day began at the Met, one of my favorite museums. It’s got an incredible collection but is rather overwhelming. I try to get into my head that we are only going to visit a few things because seeing the entire museum would be impossible. Our first stop was a Seurat and circus exhibit. […]

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You Are Beautiful

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of interviewing Matthew Hoffman, the creator and “custodian” of You Are Beautiful. You’ve probably seen the little silver sticker with the words “You Are Beautiful” around Chicago or seen the large signs popping up on fences with the same message. ES: How would you describe the work […]

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The Amazing Geoffroy Mottart

I had the pleasure of speaking with Belgium artist, Geoffroy Mottart about his floral works. He places beards and wigs made of vibrant colors on public statues. With the generous French translation help of Carmen Kingsley, here is our interview. ES: How would you describe your work? GM: I style statues with floral compositions, because […]

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Conversation with Jim Bachor

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of speaking to Jim Bachor, a mosaic artist via phone. His work includes setting mosaics into potholes around Chicago and the rest of the world. ES: How would you describe the work you do? JB: I’m really thinking about how to leave your mark. It’s almost impossible. […]

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