Lost Artwork - Hubbard Street Murals
This forms the beginning of a project to photograph some of what was the Hubbard Street mural project initiated in the 1970's. My motivations are to explore how time and decay have affected these artworks. The original murals were a project of Ricardo Alonzo, an Art Institute of Chicago graduate. Over an eight-year period, Alonzo and volunteers from the West Town Community Art Center painted murals along a mile-long stretch of Hubbard Street, from Des Plaines to Ogden, until their funding ran out in 1979. The originals would have been vibrant and colourful, time and paint overs have taken their toll, so FP4 and medium format seem a respectful way to work with them. After producing some shots in monochrome, I decided to reshoot the set in colour to have a better record of the original work.