Thoughts For A New Year
This is "Man's Inhumanity To Man". No, not me posting this photo, that's the title of this mural located at 47th Street and Calumet Avenue. It was originally painted in 1975 by Chicago muralist William Walker and restored in 2003. It's an ambitious piece, painted alongside another Walker mural I previously posted, "Wall of Daydreaming". I was going to type
out the poetry by John Pitman Weber but I feel it's better for people to read, decipher and understand it in its original form on the mural. The following may give you a little more insight to it.
"A Student Teacher Discusses A Chicago Mural"
Megan Dolan took part in a student teacher program at the Chicago Center for Urban Life and Culture last year. One of her assignments was a project centered around a mural.
Dolan and a partner picked a mural on the corner of 47th Street and Calumet Avenue in Bronzeville: “The Wall of Daydreaming and Man's Inhumanity to Man,” painted in 1975. While her partner, an art student, appreciated the mural’s aesthetics, Dolan said she was drawn to the mural because of its political and social implications.
Dolan and her partner produced a short film about the mural. In their research, they were told by neighborhood residents that the mural was so well-respected that gang members would stand by it day and night so that no one would deface it.
In one interview, Dolan spoke with a family who used to live in the neighborhood. They told her that they noticed something new in the mural every time they walked by it.
She also interviewed two young men who were community residents.
One had a strong reaction to a part of the mural that depicts handcuffs and people falling below them. “To him, it represented – in a sad sense – his future,” Dolan said. “He’s trapped, not literally in handcuffs but stuck in [his] situation and falling down.”
The family, who had moved out of the area, was better off, she said.
“The family has gotten out and can learn from [the mural],” she said. “But handcuffs are tighter on the wrists of those who live there.”
Beam Me Up, Scotty...
...but please be careful.
An odd tree in Grant Park.
Brownstones in Bronzeville.
If you keep your eyes open you can find gems
like this street in all sections of Chicago. If you
get off main thoroughfares like So. Michigan
Avenue and King Drive there are structures like these waiting to be appreciated.
Spiffing the place up in anticipation of the Zombie Apocalypse.
Leavin' Chicago A.M.F.
My title was borrowed from the 1971 song of the same name by Chicago's Aliotta Haynes Jeremia.
The photo shows a plane from Midway Airport
flying over the Damen Silos.
A World Away
At least that's the way it feels to some. The differences between classes have become
more glaring as of late.
Manana Sera Un Mejor Dia
Tomorrow will be a better day. Ya gotta believe.
Just A Few Magic Beans...
...is all it took to send the Santa Fe Railroad
grain elevator straight to the clouds.
Damen Avenue near the Stevenson Expressway.
Faces of Chicago
Hip Hop artist / producer Gizzo (Villanueva, second from right) with crew standing in front
of the graffiti wall at Crawford Steel Company
in Brighton Park.
Keepin' The Ol' Gal Runnin'
Why buy a new $60,000 truck when this ol'
workhorse is still up to the task?