Tell Me What You See
 
































Title:  Tell Me What You See


Site:  2500 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago


Artist:  Joshua Sarantitis


Assistant:  Jose Vasquez


Community Participants:  Gallery 37 teens


Sponsors:  Chicago Public Art Group, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) and Gallery 37


Year:  1997


Scale:  8 x 475 feet


Materials:  Acrylic on concrete with wood panel extensions


Information:  Sarantitis and Gallery 37 teens covered this 450-foot-long CTA retaining fence along the Discount Mega Mall parking lot with images and texts about their lives. The huge portraits are digitalized images of the youth participants. Alongside their computer portraits, teen artists created expressionistic, symbolic portraits of their inner selves. Running the length of the innovatively designed work is a poem, written by one of the youths, painted in 4-foot-high letters: “Look around you/Tell me what you see!/Do you see the earth’s true beauty?/All I see is humanity/When I walk around/All I see is people crying/And little kids dying/Why can’t we have unity?” The word “unity” closes the mural in “wildstyle” lettering.