How to Build a Brighter Future

Title:  How to Build a Brighter Future

Site:  1512 S. Pulaski Road, Chicago (No longer extant)

Artists:  Dzine and Olivia Gude

Community Participants: 4 teen artists and 14 teen volunteers

  Chicago Public Art Group and Better Boys Club

Year:  1993

Scale:  28 x 48 feet

Materials:  Spray paint and acrylic paint on masonry

Information: One of the three pieces created by the muralist/spraycan artist collaboration in the summer of 1993, the mural combines Ndebele mural designs from South Africa, graffiti “wildstyle” lettering, and huge, carefully rendered community building blocks.

The design incorporates the building’s chimney--turning it into a vivid pink arrow shooting downward, creating a painted explosion on the ground at the foot of the mural. The texts on the blocks are quotes from North Lawndale residents about what it takes to create a better future. “Respect your elders.” “Fight racism.” “If you say, ‘can’t,’ you won’t.”