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‘The Gun Chronicles,’ A Traveling Video Mural, Stops In Wicker Park Wednesday

Set for 6:30-8:30 p.m., the free event at the Chop Shop will showcase acclaimed French artist JR's mural, "The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America."

The "Time" magazine cover from November 5 featuring images by JR.
Screenshot of JR appearance on CBS News
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WICKER PARK — A video mural by French street artist JR will be on display in Wicker Park’s Chop Shop Wednesday as part of a traveling pop-up to depict the many perspectives about guns in America.

JR, whose real identity is unknown, may or may not be at the exhibit, according to a news release. To create the video mural, JR told CBS he traveled the country to film 245 people “from every imaginable vantage point” of the gun debate. 

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The Chicago poster for the pop-up.

The Gun Chronicles: A Story of America,” will be on display from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Chop Shop’s 1st Ward event space, 2033 W. North Ave. The event will give attendees an up close look at JR’s massive mural that was the focus of a November 5 Time magazine cover image and special edition on guns in America.

Admission is free. Online reservations are encouraged.  

The Chicago pop-up is one of many stops around the country for the work.

The video will play continuously in a 4-minute loop throughout the 2-hour event. It combines JR’s portraits of hundreds of people to give “a face to the full and complex spectrum of views on guns in America.”

Among the folks featured in the mural are gun collectors, hunters, law enforcement officials, shooting victims, emergency room teams who have worked on victims of mass shootings and lobbyists for the industry.

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Attendees at another stop along the tour look at the video mural.