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Creator Of ‘You Are Beautiful’ Art Installations Unveils New 80×10 ft Project On Andersonville Strip

Photo: Andersonville Chamber

The ‘You Are Beautiful’ campaign took local neighborhoods by storm in 2015. Now the same artist that created it has unveiled his newest work in the heart of Andersonville.

Chicago-based artist Matthew Hoffman was asked to continue his inspirational messages by creating an huge 80ft wide, 10ft tall work across the bland East wall of the Jewel-Osco located at 5516 N. Clark. Scheduled to be completed today, the message will remind onlookers that ‘Anything Is Possible.’ The message is painted in a bold, white cursive font and will remain a part of the community for some time.  

According to the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, the installation is a joint partnership of Special Service Area (SSA) #22, the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance (ASCA) and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC). They add that “it is these groups’ collective goal to nurture and build a vibrant, thriving Andersonville, and supporting public art projects has been a unifying prospect for district beautification.”

The groups that commissioned the work came together with the idea as a way to both inspire the community and continue with the theme of Chicago’s year of public art. The work is displayed in a highly visible part of Clark Street that is well traveled. The Chamber added that Jewel-Osco “jumped on board” at the opportunity.

“Truly, anything is possible in Andersonville,” says Sara Dinges, the executive director of ACC, ASCA and the SSA. “We feel our neighborhood’s future is bright, especially since we are anchored by small businesses that are local, family, women and LGBT-owned. We want this message to spark hope, innovation, and pride in our community.”

The artwork was also made possible by Jewel-Osco, ER2 Image Group, Matthew Hoffman, Alderman Patrick O’Connor and Alderman Harry Osterman.

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