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Logan Square Impressions is a community-wide public art project to beautify the Fullerton Avenue streetscape in Chicago

Our Project 

We believe that public art should include people and that people who live in a neighborhood should have the opportunity to decide about how it looks. 

Our project will involve you and the people who live in Logan Square. Together, we will create colorful cast concrete panels that include our impressions of Logan Square. These panels will become part of a series of eight unfinished planter walls located between the 3200 and 3800 blocks of Fullerton Avenue. These low concrete walls were originally designed to receive decorative inserts that were never installed and have been nicknamed “tombstones.” Their hard gray surfaces have attracted graffiti and the adjacent planters have collected litter.

We plan to transform these walls into vibrant works of public art that reflect the rich diversity of Logan Square while enhancing the streetscape. archi-treasures will host concrete casting workshops free to the public to create Logan Square Impressions. Local residents will be able to participate hands-on with the artist in the design and casting process. Anyone can submit a word, phrase, or image that you feel describes your impression of Logan Square by following this LINK. 

Project concept
Project concept

Who we are

archi-treasures partners community groups with creative professionals to transform public space while increasing civic engagement. For sixteen years we have been working in neighborhoods across Chicago building gardens, creating public art, and using media to give voice to community ideas … using the arts and design as a tool to bring people together.

You know us. If you’ve been to Logan Square, you may be familiar with Cuentos en el Pared/Stories on the Wall, a public art project located next to the Logan Square CTA train station at Kedzie and Milwaukee Avenues. This project was developed in partnership with Logan Square Neighborhood Association, students from Kelvyn Park High School, senior citizens who live at Logan Vistas Elderly Apartments and artist Stuart Keeler. After eight years, the blue wall with yellow figures has become a neighborhood icon and the Paseo Prairie Garden next to it has become an important neighborhood place where neighbors and commuters both can take a break while enjoying the native plantings. This project is a good example of how archi-treasures brings people together in a community to create a sense of place.

The Mural and Garden at the Logan Square CTA stop, a project of archi-treasures
The Mural and Garden at the Logan Square CTA stop, a project of archi-treasures

Rewards and Budget

You can help us to transform the Fullerton Avenue streetscape into a place that the community will enjoy. Our rewards reflect the diversity and creativity of the businesses and people of Logan Square who support this project, including Busy Beaver Button Co., New Wave Coffee, Bang Bang Pie Shop, El Cid Mexican Restaurant, Revolution Brewing, Center Portion, and the Charnel House. Each reward over the $5 level includes a postcard and each above $10 includes a Logan Square Impressions button, both featuring a project artwork image.

Can't make it to Logan Square Chicago to enjoy these businesses? Don't worry, there are rewards for you as well. You will have the satisfaction of knowing you are supporting local businesses, the participatory design process, beautification, and increasing the quality of life in the community of Logan Square. If we don't meet our target goal, none of this is possible; so help out and leave a Logan Square Impression.

Our budget for this project includes the cost of materials and supplies, oversight of all technical aspects of the project (such as obtaining permits from the City), paying a professional Chicago artist, and providing refreshments for volunteers and workshop participants.

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In order to complete this project, which is located on City property, we need to execute an agreement with Chicago's Department of Transportation. We already have support from Alderman Rey Colon on the project, so hopefully the approval process will go smoothly.

As with all public art projects, long term maintenance can be an issue. By combining good design that allows for simple care, with community support, especially from those who help to create the project, we believe that maintenance issues will be minimal.

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