Summertime is mural time in Evanston as four new ones debut

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Summertime is mural time in Evanston as four new ones debut


Four new murals brighten up our fair city, and the first was completed in early July at 1815 Norwood Court.

I’ve never heard of Norwood Court, but it’s the short cul-de-sac along the west side of the tracks, the one that runs from Lyons to Clark Street, accessed by turning east from Ridge Avenue onto Clark or coming from the south. via Oak Avenue.

The mural Live inspired, by artist Molly Z Credit: Photo by Gay Riseborough

The mural, titled Live inspired, is by artist Molly Z, her mural moniker. (It’s really Molly Zakrajsek.)

The composition is one of abstract shapes in bright colors – the only distraction is a large, bright red Coke Studio billboard behind the utility wires above the mural. (Who put it there, anyway?) The mural was financed by Trulee Co.

Trulee Evanston is the new senior living building overlooking the Norwood Court mural. Like several other residential buildings near the railway, a mural certainly brightens the residents’ view.

The mural “Fluent Foundations,” by Molly Z. Credit: Photo by Gay Riseborough

Molly Z has another mural in Evanston, on the north side of the Grove Street viaduct, at Elmwood Avenue called Fluent foundations. The title is a sly reference to the blossom that comes through viaduct walls all over the city. This mural was painted in 2019 with the help of teenagers from the Evanston Township High School Fine Arts department.

The “Custer Street Oasis” is getting a bright, new wrap-around-the-Metra embankment mural. Funded by the Main-Dempster Mile, it starts under the viaduct on Main Street and moves west, moves onto the off-ramp and ends about where the trees begin.

Artist Brett Whitacre works on a mural in Evanston. Credit: Photo by Gay Riseborough

The artist, Brett Whitacre, lives in Rockford but has murals all over Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Rockford and 11 in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he was hired to liven up a “dying” shopping center.

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