We All Live Here!
Edgewater Chamber of Commerce was awarded a grant from LISC Chicago and Groupon to create a public art piece in partnership with Rich Alapeck, founder of we all live here. The we all live here project was founded in 2015 as a public mantra to promote inclusivity and tolerance. Since the project’s beginning, Rich has worked in over 90 schools and with numerous businesses to bring his message to people all around Chicago and the world. He is currently partnering with 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman to create we all live here signs for schools in the 48th Ward.
For the project in Edgewater, we will be taking photos of everyday Edgewater residents to create a photo collage with the words we all live here. The collage will be installed on a wall in Edgewater in the spring of 2019.
1346 W. Devon
Escuchela, la ciudad respirando. (Listen, the city breathes) – Mural artist Mauricio Ramirez pulls inspiration by listening to conversations with locals in the community. Respiration features local business owners and community members that represent the diverse ethnic background that make up Edgewater. Mauricio presents the artwork in a technique called “lo-poly” which gives the illusion of a 3D portrait through meticulously placed and colored geometric shapes. The mural works well when viewing from a distance but can also translate to abstract imagery up-close.
Cultivating Harmony (2017)
6241 N. Broadway
Artist Molly Z set out to weave together multiple narratives in her mural. In thinking about the Edgewater Community and what is already at work, she wanted to align with the mission of making the neighborhood more “living” using nature-inspired imagery. The idea of creating a mural that represented a sense of “nurturing” seemed fitting because both the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce and Green Element Resale provide and care for their community in unique ways.
American Love Letter (2016)
5964 N. Broadway
Artist Andrew Swanson created this light installation in December 2016. The piece uses light to provide all citizens of Edgewater with a sense of safety and comfort, both physically and mentally, in the windows of the landmark Broadway Bank building.
As one of Chicago’s most diverse neighborhoods, it is the artist’s hope that this installation will bring a sense of peace and belonging to all inhabitants of Edgewater, while also providing light along a dark spot on Edgewater’s main commercial corridor.
The words chosen send a message of hope, joy, love, and most importantly — inclusivity. They are written in 6 languages, chosen to highlight just a few of the dozens of languages from around the globe spoken in Edgewater.