Roots and Wings

Title:  Roots and Wings

Site:  3543 W. 63rd Street, Chicago

Artists:  Caryl Yasko and Lucyna Radycki

Assistants: Casey Pasciak, Frank Orlowski, and Robert Dilley

Community Participants: Local volunteers

Sponsors:  Chicago Mural Group (now CPAG)

Year:  1976

Scale:  1400 square feet

Materials:  Oil paint on brick, concrete relief

Information:  This massive mural in Chicago Lawn is believed to be the first community arts project in the nation to combine paint and cast concrete. Artists and residents carved styrofoam to create shapes of personal and neighborhood symbols. These were then mounted in wooden forms to become concrete molds. A painted tree bearing several faces grows from the concrete relief. An inscription reads: “There are only two lasting bequests we can give our children--one is roots; the other, wings.”