In the neighborhood of Pilsen, art rules the streets.
As a huge lover of street art, I made it a point to add street art in the neighborhood of Pilsen (which has a long history with street art dating back to the 1960’s) to my itinerary when I traveled to Chicago.
Unlike many street art murals around the world, the story of the majority of Pilsen’s street art is quite unique. Funded by the Chicago Urban Art Society and Alderman Danny Solis, both local and international street artists were invited and given the freedom to start creating new murals legally under the 2012 initiative ‘Art in Public Places‘. The program was an effort to expand Chicago’s street art scene and to combat the local gang-affiliated graffiti.
Personally I liked that the street art seemed to fall into two different categories:the traditional Mexican-themed street art side such as the mural by artist Vampire, which depicts a Mexican zombie most often associated with El Dia de los Muertos (The Day of the Dead) and then the modern art side, with unique brush strokes (such as those depicted in ROA’s artwork) or striking colors (such as those depicted by Cannon Dill).
For more of my street art photos from Pilsen, check out my Chicago Flickr album
This post is part of the July 7, 2014 Travel Photo Mondays series.
Do you like street art? Who are your favorite artists or where have you seen the best displays of art?