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Bring Your South Shore Photo Memories To Saturday Event — They Could Be Featured In A Public Collage

Artist Dorian Sylvain will compile South Shore photo memories into a collage to beautify barriers for construction projects in the neighborhood.

A Dorian Sylvain mural adorns the old Urban Partnership Bank site in October 2019.
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SOUTH SHORE — South Side muralist Dorian Sylvain will turn old photos into an art installation featured at construction sites in the neighborhood, and organizers are asking residents to submit their old photos on Saturday.

The photo drop-off will take place from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at The Artisan Collective, 1735 E. 71st St. It’s organized by a coalition of community groups through South Shore Works.

Residents will get their photos back. They’ll be scanned for use in the project and returned immediately.

Residents can also submit photos directly to Sylvain at dorian@doriansylvain.com.

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Dorian Sylvain paints the base coat for her 2017 mural at the old Urban Partnership Bank site.

Family photos and pictures of notable community projects, like the Coalition to Save the South Shore Country Club, are welcomed, South Shore Works co-convener Carol Adams said.

The project will help solidify South Shore’s sense of unity in the face of drastic changes on the horizon, like the planned Obama Presidential Center, Adams said.

“What we most want to preserve is the spirit of the community,” she said. “They want to make sure they’re here to enjoy it; we’re saying of course you will be, let’s look at ways you can get yourself involved. This is a chance to put yourself in the picture for now and moving forward.”

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An undated photo of the Jeffery Theater, built in 1923. The windowless lobby area to the right became a series of banks, and will be demolished for a new entertainment complex.

The collage will first be used during the construction of an entertainment complex on at 71st Street and Jeffery Boulevard, which is scheduled for completion in November 2020.

There’s no set plans for the collage’s use after that, but the panels will be reusable for future construction projects, Adams said.

In 2017, Sylvain painted the existing mural on the structure that will be demolished for the complex, which was most recently the Urban Partnership Bank.

The existing mural “was the first phase of an ‘art intervention’ intended to address the blight in South Shore,” Sylvain said.

Because the event was announced on short notice, a second photo turn-in day will be scheduled as needed.

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