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Residents Pick Two Murals to be Installed on Distressed Uptown Viaducts

By Adeshina Emmanuel | August 20, 2014 8:22am
 Residents submitted design ideas for what should go under the distressed structures at Wilson and Lawrence avenues just off Lakeshore Drive, and now they have until Aug. 8 to vote for their two favorite out of a pool of four options, according to Ald. James Cappleman (46th).
Residents Vote on Murals for Crumbling Lakefront Viaducts
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UPTOWN — The office of Ald. James Cappleman (46th) has released the results of a vote to determine which two of four proposed murals would be installed under deteriorating Lake Shore Drive viaducts at Lawrence and Wilson avenues.

For Lawrence, the winner was a blue-and-yellow Art Deco and music-themed mural. One part of it spells "Uptown" with geometric panels and dots depicting electric bulbs, and a second part has images of instruments and architectural elements.

For Wilson, the winning mural was a work depicting a nostalgic city scene from the 1940s.

The murals are a stopgap measure to beautify the area in lieu of more extensive repairs.

The state plans to rebuild the viaducts. However, that could take as long as a decade to happen, according to Cappleman's office. Before the murals go in, the state will do some smaller repairs and the city will repaint the viaducts before the murals go up.

Cappleman's office said the mural project will be completed some time next year.

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