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
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.”