LOGAN SQUARE — A massive mural honoring music legend Quincy Jones was painted over this week — but a new mural will soon replace it.
Crews on Wednesday whitewashed the Quincy Jones mural on the west-facing wall of Shilvock Co. Inc, a family plumbing business at 2226 N. Milwaukee Ave. next to the famous “Greetings from Chicago” mural.
The mural, which measures 30 feet high and 40 feet wide, will be replaced with a new mural celebrating the Chicago Bulls and Chicago Cubs, according to Trevor Redini, the property owner’s nephew and longtime Shilvock employee.
An artist approached Shilvock’s owners about painting over the Quincy Jones mural and they agreed because the paint was already starting to wear away, Redini said. Redini didn’t have further information about who will paint the new mural or when it will be completed.
Argentinian street artist Cobre painted the Quincy Jones mural in 2019 in his trademark realistic style.
Cobre, who paints murals all over the world, said in 2019 he chose to honor Jones after watching the 2018 award-winning Netflix documentary “QUINCY” about the musician’s life.
Jones, a South Side native, is considered one of the most influential jazz musicians of the 20th century. He has 28 Grammys and 80 nominations and has worked with Ray Charles, Duke Ellington, Clint Eastwood, Ella Fitzgerald, Oprah Winfrey, Lionel Hampton, Michael Jackson and countless other artists over the course of his decades-long career.
Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st), whose ward includes the mural, said Cobre’s creation was not included in the city’s mural registry, which was established to protect significant murals from being wiped out.
La Spata declined to comment on the loss of the Milwaukee Avenue mural.
Cobre, whose real name is Andres Iglesias, didn’t return a message seeking comment.
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