Brushing Up on Aristotle Art Project

*Click on the image above to scroll through the slideshow to view the art in Greektown Chicago*

Zapwater client, Greektown Chicago, is bringing all new art to the neighborhood as part of an overarching beautification plan. A new sculpture designed by Michale Young, titled "Flight Path," was installed at Monroe and Halsted. Young has been a sculptor for the past 30 years; he prides himself on creating large and small sculptures out of a host of materials.

Another art initiative taking place is the “Brushing up on Aristotle” street art project. More than 30 local artists have been asked to include their artworks, alongside quotes from Aristotle, to be place in the windows. Visitors should keep an eye out in the next few weeks for these vibrant posters in shop windows.

Additionally, 10 local artists decorated dingy boats, Greek fishing boats, stationed along Halsted Street. Being in a country largely surrounded by water, the ancient Greeks turned to the sea for food, transport, commerce and development. The sea was also a source of recreation, pleasure and myth. This important relationship between the Greeks and the sea continues today and is the inspiration for the dinghy sculptures. Not to mention, the first Greeks in Chicago arrived by ship in the 1840s. 

A full list of the ten local artists is listed below:

  • The Children of Chicago Children’s Theatre - Mapping The Unknown
  • Connie Hinkle - On my Island 
  • Barrett Keithley and Mercy Home for Boys & Girls Mercy Young People - Waves of Hope 
  • James McNeill Mesplé - Poseidon’s Pearl June 26, 2017 
  • Dino Crisanti and Mark Cristani - Row Row Rows
  • Vicky Tesmer - Minoan Goddesses
  • Michael Thompson - Charon 
  • Vasiliki Valkanas - Untitled 
  • YMCA Youth Safety and Violence Prevention (YSVP) youth and mentors - “The Boat” – Altitude 
  • Rebecca Zaragoza - Sarah Goes Traveling

*The above information is sourced from the Greektown Chicago website. Sculpture and Dingy Boat images taken via Chris Hurd.