Urban World at the Crossroads

Murals by John Pitman Weber seen at Orr Academy High School, Chicago, IL, Chicago - Urban World at the Crossroads
Murals by John Pitman Weber seen at Orr Academy High School, Chicago, IL, Chicago - Urban World at the CrossroadsMurals by John Pitman Weber seen at Orr Academy High School, Chicago, IL, Chicago - Urban World at the Crossroads
"Urban World at the Crossroads" (acrylic on brick; 1997) is the combined work of master muralists John Pitman Weber and Bernard Williams, and the first project the two had worked on together. The mural at Orr Academy High School transformed a formidable blank wall into a jazzy collage of color, pattern and realistic rendering. Echoing the modernist architecture of the building, the mural is loosely arranged in a rectangular grid that contains images related to family, culture, education and community development.

Meet the Creator

"“Best known as a public artist, John Pitman Weber has led and co-led mosaic, concrete relief, and painted murals for over 40 years, in Chicago, New York City, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Paris, France, and Managua, Nicaragua. During summer 2010 he served as a Cultural Envoy to Spain, working with La Ciudad Pintada in Vitoria-Gasteiz,Alava, Spain. He has co-created major mosaic commissions for Broward County, Florida (2009) libraries and for Spencer, Iowa, the latter as part of Artists and Communities, America Creates for the Millennium. In 2010, he led students in the creation of 12 panels of mosaic for Elmhurst College. He has led many workshops and lectured in Mexico, France, Britain, and Beligium. “
“Collaboration is a source of inspiration for me and a wellspring of content. The dialog with residents and involvement of volunteers enriches the work. Collaboration with the audience has deepened my public work. I am always learning something from participants.

Out of many ideas come satisfying and original solutions.
While affirming shared heritages, participants can also rethink their identities and reframe perceived problems as positive challenges. The building of symbolic gateways and pathways evokes our ongoing human journeys, both as individuals and as a nation. Meeting places, markers, and wall images provoke exchanges of stories that affirm our reconsidered community and our re-imagined shared future. Community public art is a process of designing and symbolically building our lives together.” - John Pitman Weber"

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