Chicago Public Art Group will work closely with members of the North Lawndale and Little Village communities to create a public art project on four BNSF rail underpasses walls – one at Cermak and Central Park, and the other approximately 2225 S Trumbull. The Sepia Project will unite community members in design and painting processes, and will be a lasting testament to the unique spirit of those neighborhoods.
Large-scale portraits of residents of Lawndale and Little Village will be painted on the underpass walls linking the two neighborhoods. The source for portraits will be photographs provided by community members and will portray the warm, strong capacity of the united 22nd Ward neighborhood.
The Artists will work with the community to further develop the design and theme, which will be approved by a Steering Committee composing of members from Little Village and North Lawndale and the Alderman’s office. The fabrication will involve community members who wish to participate cooperatively through workshops and community days.
Lead Artists include Max Sansing, Rahmaan Statik Barnes, Bobby Price, Miguel A. Del Real, Elizabeth Reyes, Delilah Salgado, Epifanio Monarrez, along with Abdul-Aziz Hassan (Assistant to the Alderman, 22nd Ward).