Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Spreading "Sunlight" In the Wilson El

Readers noticed and commented about the bright new mural at the Wilson el stop last week, and now we're learning that it was created by kids and is part of a public art project.  Bring it on!

This is the press release we got, explaining the mural and announcing an art show:

An Art Exhibit in a Unique Space and a New Mural for the Wilson Red Line Station

This October, Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite will be exhibiting her artwork at Sunlight African Community Center (SACC) alongside work created by the SACC children she teaches (ages 6-12). The biggest piece, a 16’ mural entitled “Sunlight”, created during the summer youth camp, is now installed at the CTA Wilson Red Line station. An opening reception will be held Saturday, October 15 from 4–7pm at SACC located at 4538 N. Broadway.

As a teaching artist at SACC, Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite is required to divide her physical time between art making and art teaching. However, she finds that in her psychological time, lines between the two get wonderfully blurry. This new body of work, “Lessons Go On Forever”, showcases the collaborative influences of art teaching and art making, and includes drawings, paintings, collages and a short video documenting some of this past year’s endeavors.

One example of this collaboration was directing the SACC children to create a 16’ mural. Since many of the children have little exposure to public art, one of the first lessons was a field trip: a walking tour of Uptown’s neighborhood murals, a trip downtown to see some famous sculptures, and then to the nearby park for “shadow drawing”. Over the next 6 weeks the mural came to life, with the children learning all the steps of its creation from concept to installation. Kathryn Trumbull Fimreite’s teaching endeavors at SACC are partially supported by a NAP grant from the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events.


  1. I appreciate the effort and time put into it, I truly do.. but it is UGLY and I hate it....there, I said it.. let the stones be thrown in my direction..but it truly is, in my opinion, just hideous..

  2. It is a great use of colors! Very well done and a nice flowing composition. I like this more then much of the "professional" art I see around...not mentioning any names...heheh

    The surface of the mural is different, very durable feel to it, and hopefully graffiti resistant.

    Taggers are a bit more respectful of art but it does happen.

  3. @ Uptown superhero

    Nothing wrong with an honest opinion. that much color is going to generate colorful opinions. Art subjective by nature no doubt.

    Your welcome to art critic/deconstruct my mural proposal for Wilson Station, it is currently on hold until they figure out what is going on with that wall.

    The color is toned way down but give it your best shot. I promise in advance not to get all twisted about it....I asked for it....



    There is a roll-off dumpster behind this entrance and under the new mural. It looks like they are filling it up with interior demolition debris from the "carpenter shop" next to the highly acclaimed Rokitos (try the Mexican Dog).