Since 2008, West Chicago’s Community Art Banner Project has spotlighted the art of talented residents and regional artists by lining Main Street in the downtown district with their artwork. However, the West Chicago Cultural Arts Commission recognizes that the community extends well beyond its downtown streets and is actually comprised of seven distinctive districts or neighborhoods.
So this summer, the Commission has decided to repurpose select banners from previous year’s exhibits and hang at least a couple in each neighborhood in an Art Banner Retrospective. By doing so, the Commission is bringing public art to more neighborhoods of the City. By unifying its City neighborhoods through a display of public art, residents will be encouraged to celebrate the beauty of West Chicago and take pride in the artistic talents that reside in the community.
Locations for banners were chosen by the availability of the necessary street pole type required for the brackets with which to install the 60″ x 30″ vinyl banner. They will remain hanging for the duration of the summer to coincide with the 2017 Art Banner Exhibit on Main Street.
Banners included in the Retrospective are representative of the complete body of work that comprised that year’s theme. They include: Faces from 2009, Animals from 2010, Motion – The Way Things Move from 2011, America – Who We Are from 2012, A Question of Balance from 2013, A Picture of Health from 2015, and Patterns – Patterns – Patterns from 2016.
For a complete look at all works of each year of the Community Art Banner Project, explore the Public Art section of the City’s website.