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Construction Fence Gallery

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At the height of the pandemic in 2021, Arts + Public Life transformed the construction fence fabrics into artists’ canvas, signaling the artistic engagement of the future project. Showcasing work chosen by a jury composed of local residents and neighborhood officials, APL installed banners that included 24 digitized photographs by local artist Rose Blouin’s Washington Park Summer 1987 series and 6 original works by artist-designer, Edo. Each artist was awarded $1000 for lending their work to the temporary outdoor gallery. Additionally, the South Side Home Movie Project curated film stills from their collections depicting moments of intimacy, connection, and attentive care of Chicago’s South Side green spaces. “What Love Looks Like in Public” invited visitors to walk alongside vintage scenes of public life while listening to a playlist created by DJ Rae Chardonnay available via QR code, intended to compliment the images. The outdoor installation remained in place through the depths of the Covid-19 pandemic, delighting passersby while inviting them for the next phase to come.


337 E. Garfield Blvd
Chicago IL 60637

APL team producing a call for artwork and convening the jury
Artists Rose Blouin and Edo
South Side Home Movie Project team
DJ Rae Chardonay

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Photos courtesy of Philip Thomas