Pulaski Community Academy Garden Gallery

Title:  Pulaski Community Academy Garden Gallery

Site:  2230 W. McLean Avenue, Chicago

Artists:  Neil Gaffney, Phil Schuster, and Cynthia Weiss

Assisting Artists: Frank Crowley and Tony Zahner

Community Participants: Students from Pulaski Academy

Sponsors:  Chicago Public Art Group, archi-treasures, and Community Arts Partners in Education

Year:  1997

Scale:  Variable

Materials: Concrete sculpture and mosaics

Information:  The Garden Gallery features more than a dozen separate artworks including sculpted and cast concrete, ceramic relief, ceramic mosaic tiles, limestone, wood, and paint. Artists Phil Schuster, Neil Gaffney, Frank Crowley, and Tony Zahner worked with eighth graders to create such pieces as a leaf-shaped birdbath, a turtle sandbox, benches, a game table, a hopscotch walk, and a “name wall” containing kids’ artwork. A concrete “river path” connects the artworks. Cynthia Weiss created the entryway mosaic Note by Note: The Languages of Our Learning with the help of students and their parents.