Oh Happy Day
Let's take a walk around the neighborhood.
Division Street, Humboldt Park.
Puerto Rican Pride or A Thumb In America's Eye
Painted by former Chicago artist Gamaliel Ramierez, this mural is easily seen at Division
and Campbell in Humboldt Park. Below is a
description of the mural:
"The mural depicts a cultural/music event called Fiesta Boricua (De Bandera a Bandera). The Festival attracts over 250,000 people every year and is held in
September. Visitors can hear salsa, reggaeton, bomba, plena, and merengue music pulsing in the streets."
"The mural depicts some famous people including National Puerto Rican icon Lolita Lebron, Pedro Pietri,
and Don Pedro Albizu Campos, the leader of the Puerto Rican Independence Movement."
"The abundance of Puerto Rican flags is an intentional
comment by the artists. From 1898 to 1952, when Puerto Rico became annexed by the United States, it was
considered a felony to display the Puerto Rican flag in public; the only flag permitted to be flown on the
island was the United States flag."
What the description doesn't tell us is that the mural is dedicated, at least in part,
to Lolita Lebron (Delores Lebron Sotomayer), who organized and lead an attack on the U.S. House of Representatives in 1954, wounding five members
of Congress. It's a bit difficult to reconcile the beauty of the mural with at least
part of what it represents.
Color My Chicago
I found this painted on an exterior wall of a
cafe on Bryn Mawr Avenue that does not feature
all'aperto dining. A pleasant scene, though.
It's Not All Tags and Graffiti
While having lunch in Humboldt Park last week I was able to see some activity going on across the street. My wife and I crossed over to see this community themed mural in progress and speak to a couple of the artists.
Friday evening, September 9 at 11:30 there
were two shootings at the intersection, one
young man was wounded and another died
shortly thereafter. My wife decided to lay down the law. We were not going to areas where
people are shot within days of us being there,
let alone hours, but I refuse to be dictated to on where I can and cannot go. C'mon, Chicago, let's get in the groove.
Thinking and Hoping
Let's say the old gentleman is wondering what
news his doctor has in store for him while the
lady is hoping the bus does not make her late for her greatly needed job.
Damen & Grand Avenues, West Town.
Watch Your Back
Somebody's fixin' to punch your ticket.
Ogden & Trumbull, Lawndale.
The Closer I Get To You
Alone time at 63rd Beach Park.
Don't Even Get Me Started...
...I know just how you feel.
Turning Over A New Leaf
Eliminating fear and hatred seems like a good place to start.
Near Hamlin & Ogden Avenues, Lawndale.
Which Side Is Up
Enamel on concrete. 2016. Artist unknown.
16th Street, Pilsen.