Client: Chicago Public Library - Ausin Irving Branch
Location: Chicago, IL, United States
Completion date: 2007
Artwork budget: $8,000
Public Art Agent
Chicago Public art Department
Ceramic, glaze, wooden frame backers. 5' h x 8' w x 2″d. Chicago Public Library, Austin Irving Branch. One of two murals commissioned for the library – celebrates the branch location's strong Children's and Young Adult collection.
Two beloved classics of children's literature inspired "Alice", Victorian British author Lewis Carroll's famous children's novels Alice in Wonderland, and Through the Looking Glass. Each tile of the mural appropriates words or phrases from the books. The red & white and black & white tiles represent Alice in Wonderland, referencing the theme of playing cards. The black & silver tiles illustrate words and phrases from Through the Looking Glass, in honor of the book's twin themes of chess and mirrors. The use of topsy-turvy graphics conveys the playful inversions in words and ideas integral to Carroll's works.
Commissioned through Allyson Murphy, City of Chicago Public Art Consultant
To further enhance the learning relationship with the mural, artist developed an interactive worksheet for children of varying ages.