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Following Tagging, Wicker Park’s Beloved Vivian Maier Mural Is Now Fully Restored, Thanks To Neighbor

The mural is on the city's official mural registry, a spokesperson for Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd) said.

A professional street art restoration team restores the mural of Vivian Maier in Wicker Park on Oct. 8.
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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. 

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Credit: Dan Kuruna/Provided
Eduardo Kobra’s mural of Vivian Maier at 1651 W. North Ave., in Wicker Park.
Credit: Dan Kuruna/Provided
A professional street art restoration team removes graffiti from the mural of Vivian Maier in Wicker Park on Oct. 8.
Credit: Dan Kuruna/Provided
A professional street art restoration team restores the mural of Vivian Maier in Wicker Park on Oct. 8.

The mural was painted in 2017 by renowned Brazilian street artist Eduardo Kobra.

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.

Both that mural at 17 N. State St. and the Maier wall were curated by Lindsey Meyers and Simone Garcia of Logan Square-based Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery.

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.

Credit: Unpublished work © 2017 The Estate of Vivian Maier. All rights reserved

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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