P O E S Í A Y A R T E @ C A R A C O L
A Night Out in the Parks Event
WHAT: Unveiling and celebration of the First Caracol Mural,
Aquatic Vibes and Breeze, by Victoria Martinez
WHEN: Saturday, July 15
WHERE: Caracol Gathering Space
North of the 31st Street Beach
Burnham Wildlife Corridor
Thanks in part to an individual artist grant awarded by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), to Georgina Valverde, one of the lead artists of Caracol Gathering Space at the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, “Caracol is able to realize one of the main components of the public art installation: to serve as an outdoor gallery showcasing the extraordinary diversity of Latino artists working in Chicago as well as others whose work addresses ecological themes.”, explains the artist.
Victoria Martinez is the first artist to paint the surface of the spiral-shaped table. Two more artists, Ramon Marino and Miguel Lopez, will be executing their designs later this summer.
Valverde adds: “I am especially grateful to Gabriel Villa for his guidance and assistance in coordinating this project; to my teammates Diana Solis, José A. Terrazas and Moira Pujols; to our colleagues at the Field Museum and the Chicago Park District; and to Contratiempo and the many friends who volunteered their labor to build this beautiful space.”
Artist Terrazas thinks that, “with the addition of this and future Murals, Caracol has begun the process of containing and reflecting the memories of all the hands that have and will touch it’s surface.”
“It has been an honor for me to work on such and beautiful project that is about stewardship, nature and community on our lakefront”, adds Diana Solis.
“For contratiempo, this has been an exciting project, a learning experience and a first in many fronts: first public art project participation, first collaboration with visual artists from inception, design and execution to activation. It was made possible by the talent, creativity and hard work of the artists and volunteers involved and the support of the community, The Field Museum, The Chicago Park District and DCASE” said Moira Pujols, director of contratiempo.
From the perspective of Aasia Castaneda, The Field Museum´s Community Environmental Engagement Coordinator, “all three artists in this mural project help build a culturally relevant narrative in the field of environmental conservation”.
Jacob Campbell, Urban Environmental Anthropologist with the Field´s Keller Science Action Center, tells us, “The series of murals at Caracol poignantly represent the emergence taking place in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, one which at its core is a dialogue between storytellers from nearby communities and the lakefront landscape being restored. Aquatic Vibes and Breeze advances this dialogue. Congratulations and thanks to the first artist, Victoria Martinez, and Contratiempo and Society of Smallness, for bringing such life to this Gathering Space”.
Caracol is in the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, just South of the Mc Cormick Bird Sanctuary and North of the 31st Street Beach, steps away from the Lake Michigan shoreline.
Poesía y arte @ Caracol is presented as part of the Chicago Park District’s Night Out in the Parks series, supported by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Arts programming in neighborhoods across the city advances the goals of the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Cultural Plan. Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Night Out in the Parks series will host over 1,000 cultural events and programs at more than 250 neighborhood parks throughout the city, making community parks a safe haven and hubs of activity. Projects will vary from traditional performances and concerts, to movies, peace rallies, community workshops, nature based programs, dance pieces, festivals, and more.
The Chicago Park District has partnered with more than 100 arts and community organizations to expand and produce this successful initiative.”