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Signs Of Life At Sports Mural

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By DIANE TURNER-HURNS
Journal & Topics Reporter

The new Rosemont community art mural located next to the recreation center playing fields on Barry Street is coming to life.

Color and action is bursting through as local student artists continue to work night and day to outline and paint the sport themed mural.

They work at night with a projector beaming the design onto the walls and in the day they paint the action figures and the background.

The mural, part of Rosemont’s “It’s Art Here” program, is being painted on walls behind the Rosemont Public Works facility and next to the new athletic fields.

Last Saturday, when viewing the mural, one could see several giant sport action figures exploding through color including tennis, football, and basketball players as well as referees and other action figures.

Twelve local artists were hired by the Rosemont Park District to design and paint the mural under the leadership of Chicago artist Rahmaan Statik and recreation center Director Omar Camarillo. It is expected to be unveiled at the Aug. 22 community picnic at the recreation center just down the street from Allstate Arena.

The new artwork is located across from last year’s colorful and storytelling mural painted on three outdoor walls. Both murals are part of the “It’s Art Here” program aimed at encouraging and producing local artwork.

In addition to working on Rosemont’s first mural last summer, returning this year to work with Statik on the new mural are Rosemont residents Juana Garcia, 19, a college sophomore; Francisco Garcia, 24, a college junior; Maria Hernandez, 17, a Maine West High School senior; Luis Garcia, 24; Fabian Garcia, 22; Guillermo Echeverria, 23, a college senior; Andrea Garcia, 17, a Maine West senior; and Felipe Rodela Trujillo, 23, a college sophomore.

New artists working on the mural this year are Elizabeth Garcia, 20, a college sophomore; Jaime Garay, 16, a Maine West sophomore; Marco Rodela, 21, a college junior and Jamie Lopez, 17, a Maine West senior.

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