WICKER PARK — After being tagged by Chicago graffiti artists a month ago, the neighborhood’s beloved mural of late photographer Vivian Maier is now fully restored.
On Tuesday, Dan Kuruna, owner of the home where the mural is located in the 1600 block of West North Avenue, paid a team of professionals “a lot” of money to restore the mural.
The mural is part of the city’s official registry, a spokesperson for Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said.
Known for colorful portraits of other famous figures such as Abraham Lincoln and Bob Marley, Kobra also created a 100-foot-tall Muddy Waters mural overlooking State Street.
Maier‘s street photography, discovered after her 2009 death, is considered some of the greatest of all time. She spent her final years in Rogers Park, capturing the beaches and people of the neighborhood.
Kobra volunteered his time on the project and was not compensated, paying for paint and materials himself. His mural captures one of Maier’s self portraits.
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