Saturday, June 20, 2015
Saturday fun activity: Where IS this?
This is a great city to wander in.
I gave myself an extra hour to get where I was going Thursday morning, and was rewarded, when the bus I was on was rerouted due to the Blackhawks rally. As we detoured south, I was completely non-plussed, watching the blipping blue circle of our location on the iPhone map drift south of my destination, which normally the bus would go right past. When we were as close as we were going to get, but a mile or so away, I hopped off and strolled.
There were many sights. A big empty park. A low-rise Chicago public housing project, neat as a pin, not a soul in sight. And this stunning mural,. I particularly loved the bear dripping languor, an expression I read as, "You're fuckin' kidding me," though it might just be hung over. And this calavara, below, with startlingly realistic, female eyes. I admired it tremendously, and it is enough off the beaten track that I hoped it wasn't outed at 7:03 a.m., as usual.
The walk made me very happy, a joy underscored because I was not one of the 2 million people at the Blackhawks rally—God bless 'em, no criticism, but we get to choose what satisfies us, and I can honestly say I savored this painting more than I enjoyed the third period of the final game between the Blackhawks and the Lightning. At least I could see it, which was not always true for the puck.
Where is this lovely mural? The winner will receive my own feeble contribution to the artistic life of Greater Chicago, the 2015 every goddamn day wall poster, suitable for pasting onto a wall. Place your guesses below. Good luck.