Where We Come From ... Where We’re Going

Title:  Where We Come From ... Where We’re Going

Site:  56th Street and Lake Park Avenue, Chicago

Artist:  Olivia Gude

Sponsors:  Chicago Public Art Group

Year:  1992

Scale:  800 square feet

Materials:  Acrylic paint on concrete

Information:  For this oral history mural on the Metra underpass in Hyde Park, Gude asked various passersby, “Where are you coming from? Where are you going?” The images and words are drawn from photos of the people and their taped responses, which ranged from the mundane to the political to the metaphysical.

The variety of quotations suggests that people within a given geographic area may not necessarily hear each other’s voices--though the very act of pointing out these overlapping stories suggests the possibility of initiating conversation and creating a “community of discourse.”