ENGLEWOOD — An Englewood nonprofit is putting the power into the hands of residents, letting them choose between two designs for a new mosaic mural in the neighborhood.
The two designs were created by Green Star Movement, an organization devoted to creating public art. Green Star Movement and Teamwork Englewood are partnering on the mural project that is slated to be completed on a wall at 63rd Street and Wallace Avenue in the neighborhood this fall.
Englewood residents can voice their opinion on the two design options by completing an online survey before July 5th.
The designs were developed after Teamwork Englewood hosted a series of meetings where residents were encouraged to provide input on the themes, images and ideas they would like to see represented in the mural.
In a May meeting at TEAM Englewood High School, 6201 S. Stewart Ave., an intergenerational group of neighbors pitched ideas that aimed to highlight the neighborhood’s past, present and future.
The new mural will be placed on the northern walls of the 63rd and Wallace underpass by late August or early September, according to Teamwork Englewood officials.
Morgan Malone, project manager for Teamwork Englewood, said the mural would serve as a welcome to the Englewood neighborhood. The mural sends a very clear message in the face of possible community displacement, she said.
“A community is more likely to hold on with an even more visceral grip when they feel that ownership or when they see themselves reflected in the blocks that they walk,” she said.
Green Star Movement previously partnered with the EarthHeart Foundation and Metra Corporation to create a 1,500-square-foot mural on the west end of the underpass in 2014.
Most of Green Star Movement’s art projects are created using the bricolage technique. Bricolage murals are an intricate combination of tile and mirror mosaic, sculpture, painting and photographs that is highly durable and resistant to vandalization.