Art & Wall Decor by Thomas Lucas seen at 87th Street Red Line Station, Chicago, IL, Chicago - Time Traveler no. 1

Time Traveler no. 1

“Time Traveler no. 1" (stainless steel, image transfer glass and ceramic tile; 2015) is Thomas Lucas' entry for the Arts in Transit program in Chicago's subway system, and can be found at the 87th Street Red Line Station.

Home to nationally recognized African-American owned businesses such as Johnson Products and Seaway Bank and Trust, the surrounding Chatham neighborhood’s energy and rich business history served as inspiration to Chicago-based Lucas.

A variety of images taken from the surrounding area are juxtaposed with bright colors, bold text and patterns symbolic of the past, present and future of this vibrant South Side community.
The artist also drew inspiration from lyrics in the hiphop song “Time Travelin” on the critically acclaimed album "Like Water for Chocolate" (2000), written and performed by Common--an award-winning recording artist, actor and poet who was born and raised in Chicago’s South Side.