Unusual home on Emerson is artistic to some, 'an insult' to others.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Rema Rahman
Monday, November 29, 2010
A blight. A sore spot. Cool, unusual and creative. Depending on whom you talk to, there are many opinions about Evanston's "painted house," a dwelling with an exterior covered entirely in colorful imagery. Owned by developer Michael Lee, the tiny 624-square-foot house makes a big statement along the 1400 block of Emerson Street. Graffiti-style block letters and bright comic book-style drawings adorn its outside walls, making it a one-of-a-kind unofficial landmark in an otherwise conventional residential neighborhood. The project began in 2007 when Lee commissioned four artists, including his then-teenage son, to paint the structure after a routine inspection determined that parts of the exterior needed to be refinished. Lee gave the …
Evanston artist changes the ambiance for staff and visitors at school headquarters.
Standing in the entrance of the Evanston-Skokie School District 65 building, Superintendent Hardy Ray Murphy Jr. put his hands on his hips and leaned back to admire a new 77-foot long mural. "See the children there?" he asked, pointing at children who appear in various scenes. "Isn't that cool?" Called "Into Their Own Light," it depicts a group of children in a forest walking together toward a light. This last piece completes the three-panel mural, which Murphy started painting in March. The new mural along the side walls continues the children's journey as they follow the light throughout real Evanston locations. They visit places like the lighthouse, beach, sledding hill and the district building, where the mural ends. Upon entering the …