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New Public Mural Overlooking Granville Celebrates Edgewater

Photo: Thom Greene

A new large-scale triptych mural which was created by Chicago-based artist Nick Goettling now stands proudly over Granville Ave. in Edgewater.

The trio of artworks have been placed on the side of a new four-story building at 1127 W. Granville which will house the Chicago Mosaic School. When the building’s landlords and local philanthropists Rae Ann and Bob Cecrle planned the construction, they not only sought a specialized business to take over the first floor, they also wanted to showcase public artwork to help enhance the street and increase foot traffic.

According to the building’s architect Thom Greene, The Cecrles wanted artwork to adorn the windowless side of the structure. Greene said, “We couldn’t put windows into the side of the building because it is right on the property line. So the Cecrles decided they wanted art on that wall. From the start they wanted something beautiful and colorful there to advertise the neighborhood.”

Goettling was selected after a call was put out to area artists by the Cecrles, the Alderman Osterman’s office and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce. After about 40 artists submitted artwork, five were chosen to present final concepts. From those pieces, Goettling was hired to showcase his design on the wall.

Goettling is a Chicago-based artist who draws inspiration from illustration in his pieces. According to his website, he has worked for a wide range of clients including the city of Portland, the Museum of Science and Industry, Northeastern Illinois University, Clif Bar, Logitech and Travelocity.

His Edgewater debut consists of three vibrant murals, each with a person holding items. In one a woman holds an aquarium which represents our lakeshore, the second has a man holding train cars representing transportation and the third a figure holds local Edgewater architecture.

“There is such a rich history and cultural diversity in Edgewater and that is what we wanted to touch on in the artwork,” said Goettling. “There is a ton of stories coming from people within the neighborhood and I wanted to reflect that. I wanted to create these colossal, general figures and put those personal stories on a pedestal. Those figures could be anyone and they are the ideas of the people who have come through, are now here and those who will be coming to Edgewater in the future.”

A company from Traverse City Michigan, Britten studios, was selected to produce the pieces from digital files that were printed on heavy-duty canvas and mounted on 20’x 20′ frames on the side of the building which overlooks the neighborhood and the Granville CTA Redline station. The murals were finally installed last week.

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