The Builders
 

































Title:  The Builders


Site:  2840 N. Ashland Avenue, Chicago (no longer extant)


Artists:  John Pitman Weber and Celia Radek


Sponsors:  Chicago Mural Group and A to Z Equipment Company


Year:  1975


Scale:  8 x 60 feet


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Information:  Painting over an unsalvageable mural by Barry Bruner on the exterior wall of A to Z Equipment Company, Weber and Radek kept with Bruner’s original theme and conveyed the power and strength of the construction industry in an open, almost graphic format. The artists responded to community concerns and included women workers in the mural. They used three different scales for the figures in order to give the feeling of height and distance. The uncomplicated composition along with the large sturdy elements projects a feeling of strength upon its passersby. The artists note that their work is a tribute to the cubist painter Fernand Leger who influenced their design.