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Art – Everywhere is a canvas, in Pilsen.

In Pilsen, street art / murals are found all over the place. This particular spot is a painted wall under the L tracks close to the 17th street station.

At this moment, there was a lot of light hitting the building I was shooting past, which was then reflected in these windows. This helped make an otherwise cool scene have some warmth. The wavy quality of the reflections I thought worked with the interesting characters painted on the walls.

Latin American art under the windows and in the shadow of the L in Pilsen, Chicago, close to 17th street.
Latin American art under the windows and in the shadow of the L in Pilsen, Chicago, close to 17th street.

Race of the Dead – Pilsen Street Art

Race of the Dead – Carrera De Los Muertos

I do not purport to be an expert on Mexican culture or street art. The day of the dead is a Mexican festival to celebrate the lives of those we’ve lost in the past. When Catholic Spaniards took over Mexico, this holiday was co-opted by the Catholic Church and moved to coincide with All Souls Day.

During this festivan, in the Mexican-American neighborhood of Pilsen, Chicago, they have The Race of the Dead, a 5k race to promote good health.

In this picture, I took a photo of the bridge they painted with the race’s logo, and there was what looked like a family walking back from the store.

The Race of the Dead is a 5k race in the Pilsen neighborhood to promote good health. This run is held around the festival of the Day of the Dead.
The Race of the Dead is a 5k race in the Pilsen neighborhood to promote good health. This run is held around the festival of the Day of the Dead.