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Latest Edgewater Public Art Series Brings Life To The Community

The first of a new series of art pieces have started to go up in and around Edgewater using vibrant mosaics that are thoughtfully placed in select locations.

The Edgewater Garden Project is a collaboration between The Chicago Mosaic School (1127 W Granville) and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce (ECC). The series will include four colorful floral mosaic installations that were created by artists from the school.

The pieces will be found on blank walls that typically go unnoticed. The locations were carefully chosen as to enhance the relationship between the art and its surroundings. Funded by the city’s Special Service Area (SSA) Program through the ECC, the project will help improve the neighborhood’s business districts.

“Each piece of the garden is unique as is its location and the way it interacts with its surroundings,” said Edgewater Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Christina Pfitzinger. “While presented as single pieces of art, the project is a collaborative effort between several artists that have created continuity through their designs.”

The first artwork was installed last week on the side of the building that houses Uncommon Ground (1401 W Devon). The piece which is titled Wild Flowers, was created by Etty Hasak and hopes to inspire people at a time when COVID-19 dominates our lives. Both born and schooled in Israel, Hasak has lived in the US for 30 years now and has been producing mosaic works since 2006.

“Wild Flowers” by Hasak

“I designed and began to create these mosaic flowers last summer, way before the Coronavirus was in our lives,” Hasak explained. “I want it to bring joy to those that pass by, drawn in by its vibrant colors and movement. In hindsight, one can find hidden meaning within it if you look for it, but all I wish for it is for it to bring gratitude for the beauty that exists around us.”

The series is the brainchild of the Chicago Mosaic School’s Executive Director Karen Ami. She hopes that installations will inspire and excite anyone who comes across them. According to her, the delicate details of mosaics are not only beautiful but can also withstand the harsh impact of the elements.

The three other installations will sprout to life by year’s end.


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