26 Oct Community Harmony Through Song & Play, Panel 2: Arts and History
Community Harmony Through Song & Play, Panel 2: Arts and History, 2001
Ceramic mosaic on wood substrate.
66″ H x 48″ W x 2″ D
Public Art Commission
An African horn player blows his horn from the deep past, communicating with the sax man in the first panel. Behind him a mask hangs like the sun in the sky. The abstract pattern was inspired by African textiles and African American quilts. This mosaic asserts that tradition can be a lively living thing,
that introspection and intuition can lead to innovation without bulldozing the inspirations we may discover in our history.One of three mosaics created for Manly Career Academy High School in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood. Assisted by Caswell James and advised by veteran muralist Nina Smoot-Cain, I worked with a team of nine community youths to design and produce three mosaic panels totaling 66 sqare feet. Commission sponsored by Chicago Public Art Group with support from Gallery 37 and the Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development.
To read a detailed account of the project, click here.