Summertime is wall time in Evanston when four newcomers debut

Summertime is wall time in Evanston when four newcomers debut | Pro Club Bd

Four new murals brighten up our fair town and the first was completed in early July at Norwood Court of 1815.

I’d never heard of Norwood Court, but it’s the short cul-de-sac along the west side of the tracks that runs from Lyons to Clark Street, accessible by turning east on Clark from Ridge Avenue, or coming south via Oak Avenue .

The mural live inspired, by artist Molly Z Recognition: Photo by Gay Riseborough

The mural, titled live inspired, comes from the artist Molly Z, her nickname for murals. (Actually, it’s Molly Zakrajsek.)

The composition consists of abstract shapes in bright colors – the only distraction is a huge, bright red Coke Studio billboard behind the power cables above the mural. (Who put that there anyway?) The mural was funded by the Trulee Co.

Trulee Evanston is the new senior living building facing the Norwood Court mural. Like some other residential buildings near the tracks, a mural definitely brightens the residents’ view.

The Fluent Foundations mural by Molly Z. Recognition: Photo by Gay Riseborough

Molly Z named another mural in Evanston, on the north side of the Grove Street Viaduct, on Elmwood Avenue Flowing fundamentals. The title is a sly nod to the efflorescence that comes through viaduct walls across the city. This mural was painted in 2019 with the help of teens from Evanston Township High School’s art department.

The Custer Street Oasis gets a bright new mural surrounding Metra Dam. Funded by the Main-Dempster Mile, it begins under the viaduct at Main Street and moves west, going up the exit ramp and ending about where the trees begin.

Artist Brett Whitacre is working on a mural in Evanston. Recognition: Photo by Gay Riseborough

Artist Brett Whitacre lives in Rockford but has murals throughout Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Rockford and 11 in Norwalk, Conn., where he was hired to revitalize a “dying” mall.

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