Funding sought for 57th Street mural

By JEFFREY BISHKU-AYKUL
Assistant to the Editor

Donations to the 57th Street Underpass Mural Project, which entails the installation of panel mosaics in the west underpass connecting Jackson Park to the Museum of Science and Industry, could receive a partly matching contribution by 3Arts, a Chicago non-profit organization promoting area artists.

The project will obtain a 33 percent matching grant if $5,000 worth in donations are given toward the creation of 20 panels by May 3. Just over $4,900 has been contributed toward the cause as of Herald press time, according to 3Arts’ website.

The underpass’ 20 square inch panels will join other mosaic artwork already in it.

Several mosaics have already been done by residents of Montgomery Place and students at the Bouchet Math and Science Academy and Kenwood and Hyde Park high schools, according to 3Arts 2011 awardee and artist Mirtes Zwirzinski, a Hyde Parker of 23 years who is spearheading the project.

“Work has already begun to create mosaics that represent a science and industry theme,” says the pledge’s description, posted on 3Arts’ website.

Zwirzinski estimates the project will involve around 700 people and cost $20,000. Youth will create panels and Zwirsinsky is hoping to involve seniors, too.
She says the project serves “the whole population in Hyde Park.”

“This is permanent. It doesn’t go any place. It doesn’t deteriorate. It’s forever.”
To find out more about the project or to donate toward its $5,000 goal, visit 3arts.org/projects/57th-street-underpass-mural.

j.bishku@hpherald.com