Street Murals by Erik Burke / OU seen at 424 Monroe St, Gary - 1919 Sunset and 2020 Sunrise
Street Murals by Erik Burke / OU seen at 424 Monroe St, Gary - 1919 Sunset and 2020 Sunrise
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Item 1919 Sunset and 2020 Sunrise
Created by Erik Burke / OU
As seen in 424 Monroe St, Gary, IN
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1919 Sunset and 2020 Sunrise

Street Murals by Erik Burke / OU, as seen in 424 Monroe St, Gary, IN

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Item Details
These two vibrant murals are a stark contrast from the dilapidated abandoned buildings of downtown Gary. The pairing speak to BLM movement and as a tribute to the Red Summer of 1919 where a black 17-year old named Eugene Williams, floating on a homemade raft in Lake Michigan drifted beyond an imaginary racial line leading to a white man throwing rocks at him; ultimately drowning him. The Black side of the beach confronted the man and involved the police but they wouldn’t make an arrest. Instead they arrested a Black man. Fights, shots, riots, and arson exploded across Chicago leading to weeks of violence and thousands of people left homeless. Other riots were also happening across the U.S. better known as the Red Summer.

This work was painted for PaintGary and highlights local-rapper Freddie Gibbs alongside a youtube timeline paused at 19:19 of a 20:20 minute long track. The mural visualizes collective black trauma at a seminal moment.

Meet the Creator

Erik Burke / OU

Erik Burke / OU

Reno, NV

Disguise the limit...with a little color

I live in Reno, NV but escape the neon glow when I can to create place-specific murals throughout the world. Some my most recent memorable works can be seen in the Ukraine, S. Korea, Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Painting is my safe place and grounds me to the ideas of working intuitively and with compassion. In my twenty plus years of painting I have learned more than I can fit in any bio (let alone a bio someone would read) so I will let the photos be my thousand words. Thank you for visiting.
Erik

Available for commission/custom work