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


Sponsors:
  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.”