12 murals created by Chicago artists on CTA and Metra underpasses in the 49th Ward
Mass Underpass is a creative public works project, inspired by Roosevelt’s W.P.A.,commissioning Chicago artists to design and execute murals on CTA and METRA underpasses during the summer of 2010. MU seeks to transform Rogers Park’s dingy viaducts into community assets. The magnitude of this project reinforces Chicago’s legacy of public art, beautifies civic landscape and attracts residents and tourists to support Rogers Park businesses as they tour 12 original murals.
Regenerating Rogers Park underpasses accomplish the following community goals:
- Support ongoing community efforts to beautify Rogers Park through improving cleanliness, safety, desirability and property value of the neighborhood.
- Employ and promote Chicago’s world-class artistic community.
- Generate tourism foot traffic and revenue for Rogers Park neighborhood businesses.
- Reinforce Rogers Park as a public art destination for renowned murals accessible by public transportation and a walking tour.
Future Regeneration: opportunity for budget flexibility, new artists and regular improvements to urban landscape (regeneration of civic fixtures: waste/recycling bins, light posts, utility boxes).
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