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Lakeview Low-Line Welcomes 11 Public Art Pieces To Make Community ‘Cleaner, Safer And More Enjoyable’

Erin Schwartz, who chairs the Lakeview Public Art Committee, said it was a "real success" to feature two women artists on the Low-Line's 11 new art panels.

Kate Lewis cuts a ceremonial ribbon during the unveiling of her 8 art pieces along the Lakeview Low-Line Wednesday.
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LAKEVIEW — A series of public art pieces along the Lakeview Low-Line were unveiled Wednesday.

The installations were created by local artists Kate Lewis and Zor Zor Zor and comprise 11 art panels between the Southport and Paulina plazas.

The Lakeview Low-Line is a half-mile stretch beneath the Brown Line tracks between Southport and Lincoln Avenues that community leaders have worked to transform into a lively walking path.

The installations were funded by Special Service Area 27. It’s the fifth year in a row the walkway has been improved with public art. Last year, the thoroughfare welcomed four murals by artists from across the country.

This year’s artists were selected by the Lakeview Public Art Committee, a part of Special Service Area 27, and nonprofit Friends of Lakeview.

Erin Schwartz, who chairs the committee and is a director of Friends of Lakeview, said it was a triumph to spotlight two female artists.

“Females in general have only seen success in the public art world in the past 50 years or so, and in the past century, the majority of public art grants and commissions were given out by men and given solely to men,” Schwartz said. “So it’s a real success for these women to be pioneers in their field.”

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Chicago-based artist Kate Lewis speaks during the unveiling of her four art panels along the Lakeview Low-Line.

Lewis, a self-taught artist who specializes in large-scale murals, said her work was intended to improve community safety.

Her work is featured across four panels at the Southport Plaza, 3410 N. Southport Ave.

“Artists help make communities cleaner, safer and more enjoyable for everyone. I’m so grateful that this community understands that and makes art a priority,” Lewis said.

Zor Zor Zor, whose three panels can be seen walking west toward the Paulina Plaza, said she was “stoked to be around awesome artists.”

“I can’t wait to see what else happens in this artist corridor around here,” she said.

The Lakeview Low-Line is also home to the neighborhood’s Low-Line Market, a weekly farmers market that returned this summer. It’s held Thursdays through Oct. 28.

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Artist Zor Zor Zor stands before her piece “The Face” along the Lakeview Low-Line Wednesday.

Jake Wittich is a Report for America corps member covering Lakeview, Lincoln Park and LGBTQ communities across the city for Block Club Chicago.

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