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||Mural tribute to women, including trans, unveiled in Pilsen
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"Weaving Cultures," a new mural celebrating underrepresented women of diverse backgrounds, including a transgender Latina, was unveiled by local Chicago artists Sam Kirk and Sandra Antongiorgi Sept. 8 at 16th Street and Blue Island in the Pilsen community.
The 15 ft. x 40 ft. mural, commissioned by the Chicago Public Art Group, was developed to increase awareness and encourage a dialogue around unity and acceptance.
"Members of the LGBT community live throughout the city, but often don't feel comfortable being themselves in their communities. Public art has the ability to reach many people and we hope this mural will increase visibility for the women represented in our work," said Sam Kirk. "There's a need to have more positive images of women of color. We're hoping this work will ignite a consciousness around the power of inclusion," added Antongiorgi.
Kirk and Antongiorgi created the mural opposite the iconic "Galeria del Barrio" mural completed by Aurelio Diaz in 1976. Kirk restored the "Galeria del Barrio" mural in May 2016 and began working on the extension with Antongiorgi in July.
"Weaving Cultures" and the "Galeria del Barrio" restoration are projects managed by Chicago Public Art Group and funded by Alderman Danny Solis. To view the progress of the mural both artists have included photographs of the process via their social media accounts on Facebook and Instagram: @iamsamkirk or @santongiorgi.
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