Jensen Academy Mosaic Mural

Title:  Jensen Academy Mosaic Mural

Site:  Jensen Scholastic Academy
3030 W. Harrison Street, Chicago

Artist: Juan Chávez

Assistant: Karin Warch

Community Participants: Jensen Scholastic Academy students and staff

Sponsors:  Chicago Public Art Group and Jensen Scholastic Academy

Year:  1998

Scale:  150 square feet

Materials: Broken ceramic tile

Information:  Combining mosaic and painted mural techniques, this mosaic uses Adinkra symbols from West Africa to represent the qualities of wealth, love, hope, strength, forgiveness, patience, resilience, and defiance. Among the mosaic’s innovations is the use of separate rectangular areas to organize the composition and the use of tile line drawings in beds of colored stucco.