Created and Sold by John Himmelfarb

John Himmelfarb

Coast of Chicago

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Legendary midwestern artist John Himmelfarb
was commissioned to do “Coast of Chicago" (custom-shaped painted tiles; 2004) for the windy city's Kedzie Pink Line station.

The neighborhood surrounding the Kedzie station is full of bustling activity, and these ceramic tiles reflect the strength of community as a whole and the uniqueness of its individual parts.

Many of the design elements are drawn from architectural details of nearby homes, schools and commercial buildings, as well as structural details associated with Chicago's transit system. These sources reflect the current community and give reference to the history of the neighborhood. Combined with this imagery are design elements inspired by connections of heritage to Mayan, Aztec and African cultures.

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