Visions for Chicago was a public art project taking place in front yards, empty lots and public spaces throughout Chicago, Illinois during a historic mayoral and city council election season in early 2011. The question, “What is your vision for Chicago?” is important at this time because, for the first time in 20 years, the city’s balance of power is shifting. Both Mayor Daley and the city council he controlled are retiring. As such, the political culture of corruption, defeat and disengagement they encouraged can be transformed. But change doesn’t happen in the small window of time afforded by elections; it happens over long periods of time, as people acting collectively implement their strategic visions. Through macro and micro level intent, we can transform how we think, behave and relate to our each other and this city.
From November 2nd of 2010 until April 1st of 2011, blank signs were distributed to over 100 Chicagoans who are trying to make the city more livable in a myriad of ways. Signs were also distributed to students at Orr High School in West Humboldt Park and the project organizer, Daniel Tucker, placed signs in public spaces throughout the city. The signs and the sign makers were photographed and their work is presented here so that we can read their visions in relationship to other sign makers and our own visions. (See project website here).
Press Coverage: Read more about the project in the interviews/profiles on Art21 by Abby Satinsky from Bad at Sports, Organizing Upgrade with Sushma Sheth, in Timeout Chicago with Lauren Weinberg, and the Chicago Reader with Bert Stabler.
Produced with support from Lantern Projects & The Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts.
The catalog of this project was published by Green Lantern Press.