Chicago Public Art Group partnered with Alcott College Prep using the power of art to educate and build community with students and faculty at Alcott College Prep High School. The work was made possible by the Ingenuity Creative Schools Fund.
For this project, Alcott students were led by CPAG artists John Pitman Weber and Anna Murphy, as well as Alyssa Medina, Alcott’s art teacher. Together, they created a 3D sculpture depicting the message “Love” using painted papier–mâché and mosaic tiles.
The process of creating the work comprised multiple steps: developing the concept, sketching the design, sculpting the papier- mâché onto the template, painting the papier-mâché, and placing the intricate mosaic tiles. The final product was then installed above students’ lockers in a hallway of the school.
"Love" now welcomes students, faculty, and visitors and speaks to themes of community, multi-culturalism, and dreams.