“Public art, even in unexpected places like a parking garage, makes those spaces more inviting and pleasant,” said Rosemont Mayor Brad Stephens. “Youth work programs, including those that focus on the arts, are valuable tools in helping young people develop skills for the future. Rahmaan’s work with these young painters accomplishes both goals – making the Village a more beautiful place to live and visit, and providing training and mentorship to very talented aspiring artists.”
For the most recent works, Statik mentored student artists from Columbia College, the American Academy of Art and East Leyden High School in creating the murals, and also painted some himself. The concept for the series was created in collaboration with representatives of the Rosemont community. The new murals pay tribute to many of the greatest artists from Sandro Botticelli, Leonardo Da Vinci, George Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh to Roy Lichtenstein, M. C. Esher, Andy Warhol and even Chicago-based contemporary artist Hebru Brantley. In addition to the two massive murals near the Rosemont Recreation Center, the Williams Street Garage series includes 32 five-foot by 15-foot murals and eight 15-foot by 30-foot murals. Previous work was also performed by students attending Maine West High School and Oakton Community College.
“The students came up with designs that challenged their skills as artists while also linking Rosemont with some of history’s greatest works of art,” added Statik. “I am proud to have worked with them to develop these concepts. We are so happy to have transformed previously unremarkable spaces within a parking structure into a fun, vibrant and beautiful showcase of art.”