“Chicago is home to what might be the greatest collection of outdoor stone carving in urban America. Few know it exists. And now the government is wiping much of it out…
The carvings, cut into giant limestone blocks that line the city’s lakefront, span decades, styles and themes. Some amount to traditional graffiti initials or lover’s hearts, though occasionally on the complex side. Early initials can serve as points of attraction for later memorialists, with dozens of letters and names sometimes accumulating on a single stone.
Carvings have accumulated along the lake for much of the last century; undisturbed their natural life span is many decades. Drawings and paintings, on the other hand, weather away in a matter of years. The fact that so many can still be found demonstrates that the lakefront remains a magnet for anonymous expression. All the pictures on this page will disappear prematurely, however, since they are in the path of the government’s anti-erosion project.”
The Lakefront Anonymous Art Gallery
@ Interesting Ideas
Copyright William Swislow 2002