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Oldest Mural On A Chicago Library Building Gets New Life In Uptown

By Josh McGhee | September 5, 2017 1:07pm
 Friends of Bezazian, Uptown United and the 46th Ward Office worked together to revitalize the 1974 mural
Friends of Bezazian, Uptown United and the 46th Ward Office worked together to revitalize the 1974 mural "The Sea of Knowledge," which celebrates "the rich diversity that is Uptown."
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UPTOWN — A nearly 50-year-old mural at an Uptown library is being brought back to life for a new generation.

Friends of Bezazian, Uptown United and the 46th Ward Office partnered to redo the 1974 mural "The Sea of Knowledge," which celebrates "the rich diversity that is Uptown," according to a press release.

"Artist Tony Passero lovingly matched paint, deciphered images and recreated lost parts of the mural which was originally created by artist Janis Pozzi-Johnson with a team of teens from a local community organization," the release said.

Passero is a mixed-media artist and muralist born on the North Side of Chicago. He has painted murals across the city including on Belmont Avenue, the Pulaski Blue Line, at the Addison-Kennedy Expressway exit and the Irving Park Metra Station, according to his website.

The mural was the first on a Chicago Public Library building, according to the press release.

A special rededication will take place at the Bezazian Branch of the Chicago Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St., at 11 a.m. Sept. 16. Artist Pozzi-Johnson will be in attendance.