The Hubbard Street Mural Project, Chicago, Illinois


The Hubbard Street Mural Project involves 11 blocks of murals along the Hubbard Street in Chicago. The original project began in 1971 when Ricardo Alonzo, a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago received permission from the Northwest Railroad to paint murals on a one mile stretch of the concrete train embankment facing the Hubbard Street beginning at Halsted and Ogden.

In 2000, the Union Pacific Railroad made the decision to begin repairing and reinforcing the aging concrete train embankment, and in the process destroyed much of the original art work ... Conscious of the importance of the murals they began looking for people to stage another public worksvproject at the site. "City at Work" with support from the Illinois Arts Council and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs organized the project and requested artists  to submit their work for the mural project to bring new artwork to the refurbished embankment in addition to organize artist to restore old panels. 


Sea Lions by Carolina Blanco

I was one of the artists whose artwork was selected to be put on a wall of this great mural project in downtown Chicago. My submission of a group of Sea Lions on a Rock was unanimously accepted and in June 2005 I started painting the mural.  The previous years I had collaborated with the project restoring panels and as a volunteer artist mentor. I will always treasure this experience of working with an amazing group of artist such as Christina Body, Agustina Droze, Monica Brown and others. I am incredible happy and honored to have contributed to the magnificent selection of Chicago Pubic Art. The mural is painted with durable mineral based Keim paint, guaranteed to last for 40+ years.

 The Hubbard Street Murals have been featured in such books and publications as Chicago Murals: Yesterday and Today, edited by Victor Sorell (Chicago Council on Fine Arts, 1979); Community Murals: The People’s Art, by Alan Barnett (Art Alliance Press, 1984). Urban Art Chicago: A Guide to Community Murals, Mosaics, and Sculptures, by Olivia Gude and Jeff Huebner (Ivan R. Dee, 2000); Bringing Aztlan to Mexican Chicago: My Life, My Work, My Art By Jose Gamaliel Gonzalez (University of Illinois Press, Jun 24, 2010); Chicano Art Inside/Outside the Master’s House: Cultural Politics and the Cara Exhibition By Alicia Gaspar de Alba (University of Texas Press, Jul 5, 2010); Theory and practice in the conservation of modern and contemporary art: reflections on the roots and the perspectives: proceedings of the International Symposium held 13-14 January 2009 at the University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Faculty Preservation of Cultural Heritage, Hildesheim, Germany.