This summer, I have on more than one occasion, been struck by the increasing number of mosaics in Chicago and neighboring suburbs. It is a wonderful way to turn ordinary concrete structures into colorful images to interact with.
While riding the bus, I noticed children putting one together under a viaduct. Walking home with my son, I saw some concrete pillars, with small pieces of glass, stone, and colorful gems settling in front of a public school. In fact, most elementary schools I’ve passed, have created mosaics.
While I don’t know how it started, I do prefer the mosaics to the grand community art projects, which often included graffiti drawings and larger than life images. Is this happening anywhere else in the world or is it just in Chicago?