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Mural Artists Announced For Addison, Irving Park Blue Line Stations

By Alex Nitkin | December 27, 2016 5:56am
"Untitled" by Dan Devening (l) and "Invisible Cities" by Francesco Simeti
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Dan Devening / Francesco Simeti

CHICAGO — City transportation officials have picked two artists out of more than 350 applicants to design murals for the Irving Park and Addison Blue Line stations, Ald. John Arena (45th) announced.

Nearly eight months after putting out a "call to artists," the CTA settled on Chicago-based artist and curator Dan Devening to design the Irving Park station mural. Italian Artist Francesco Simeti will paint the mural at Addison.

Devening's work is mostly minimalist and geometric, with lots of colorful variations on dots and lines.

Simeti's installations tend to be more detailed landscapes or busy collages of natural scenes.

The CTA will host community meetings with the artists to gather input for their murals, according to Arena.

Last month, officials unveiled renovations at the Addison, Irving Park, Harlem, Cumberland and Montrose stations as part of the CTA's ongoing "Your New Blue" project.

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