Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Hyde Park Murals Re-Dedicated

-posted by richard gill

On May 16, an enthusiastic crowd gathered at the 57th Street railroad viaduct to celebrate Bernard Williams's restoration of Astrid Fuller's widely acclaimed murals.  Fuller painted the murals on several viaduct retaining walls, beginning in the early 1970s.  The murals are characterized as "confrontational" due to their subject matter which illustrates socioeconomic and political aspects of Chicago history.  The University of Chicago paid for the restoration.  Other supporters include 5th Ward Alderman Leslie Hairston, Metra, and community organizations throughout Hyde Park.

Artist Astrid Fuller (2nd from left) and an attendee discuss the murals.

Hyde Park resident Jay Mulberry (holding mic) was emcee for the ceremony.


nate said...

Do you know if there is any explanation of the different scenes in her murals? Some of them are obviously thematic (rising up from slavery, the trampled on), but particularly the one at 57th seems like a depiction of several pieces of Chicago's (women's?) history, most of which I haven't recognized.

Jennifer said...

I just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate your blog. Thanks for your work on behalf of Hyde Park.