Destruction of Mural in Chicago Illustrates Plight of Underfunded Public Art

December 27th, 2015

An article in The Chicago Reader this week notes the difficulties facing public art and installations in neighborhoods and areas where funding does not exist to maintain them, focusing on the destruction of acclaimed muralist Bill Walker’s All of Mankind at Chicago’s Stranger’s Home Missionary Baptist Church.  “We had five and a half years to repair those murals and nothing happened. We got no support. The money wasn’t there,” says a Church spokesperson.  “And our demographics have moved out. So we had no choice. The only logical decision was to paint [over] the murals.”

Read more at Chicago Reader