Paid Programming
 





























Title:  Paid Programming


Site:  North Ave. and Honore Street, Chicago


Artist:  Jeff Zimmerman


Year:  1997


Scale:  14 x 80 feet


Materials:  Acrylic Paint on masonry


Information:  Using English and Spanish wordplay, references to corporate logos, a bar-code flag, and portraits of local people, this aesthetically innovative “anti-billboard” mural is a meditation on the commercial forces that shape our lives and public space. The mural’s provocative juxtaposition of consumer abundance and stark poverty is especially relevant in this rapidly gentrifying West Town neighborhood.