Murals made for 57th Street underpasses

Staff Writer

The pedestrian underpasses along 57th Street from the Museum of Science and Industry have been decorated courtesy of Hyde Park students and the Chicago Public Art Group.

The group has been working on installing murals in the underpasses since 2006 and is nearing completion on both of them. The first underpass was completed in the fall of 2007 and Lauren Moltz, who is helping to raise funds and organize the project, said she hopes to finish work on the second underpass this fall.

She and CPAG are requesting $20,000 in donations to help fund the remaining one-third of the mosaic for the underpass.

Motlz and artist Mirtes Zwierzynski worked with grade schools in Hyde Park and South Shore to design each panel. Students helped Zwierzynski design each panel then later students did the bulk of the work installing the mosaics in each underpass.

The underpass leading to the Museum of Science and Industry was decorated, appropriately, with panels illustrating scientific and industrial achievements. The second underpass, which leads from 57th Street to the lakeshore, is being decorated using art, architecture and flora and fauna commonly found in Hyde Park.

Anyone interested in making a donation can send a check to the Chicago Public Art Group at 600 W. Cermak Rd. Ste 3B. 60616 or call 312-427-2724.