Title: Still Deferred; Still Dreaming
Site: Washington Boulevard and Sacramento Avenue, Chicago
Artists: Olivia Gude and Dzine
Assistants: Brian C. Morris and Solo (spray can artist)
Community Participants: Twelve youth artists
Sponsors: Chicago Public Art Group and the Martin Luther King Boys and Girls Club
Scale: 27 ft. x 90 ft.
Materials: Spray paint and acrylic on brick
Information: This first in a series of collaborations between Gude and spray can artist Dzine appears to cling to the corner of the Martin Luther King, Jr., Boys and Girls Club. Celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of King’s “I have a dream” speech, the mural also asks Langston Hughes’s question, “What happens to a dream deferred?”
The work includes graffiti-style lettering, naturalistic portraits of King and Gandhi, and quotes by many Africans and African Americans on the importance of dreams and dreaming. Silhouettes of civil rights advocates designed by neighborhood teens and children march throughout the work.
Pearl Cleage’s question, “What do you pack when you pursue a dream and what do you leave behind?” suggests that each person must learn how to honor cultural legacy and be open to new ideas and new values.