Andersonville is the proud recipient of a new mural displayed on the Jewel-Osco wall at Clark and Catalpa. Chicago based artist, Matthew Hoffman, reminds everyone that in Andersonville “Anything is Possible”.
Andersonville installs new Matthew Hoffman mural on the Jewel-Osco wall at 5516 N Clark
CHICAGO (November 1, 2017): A new public art installation has arrived in Andersonville and will bring a positive reminder to local residents, businesses, and visitors that travel Clark Street. “anything is possible” was designed by Chicago-based artist Matthew Hoffman, the custodian of “you are beautiful,” a project aimed to better the world in little ways.
The textual mural, “anything is possible,” claims the east-facing brick wall of Andersonville’s Jewel-Osco located at 5516 N. Clark. Once complete, the phrase cannot be missed at eighty feet long and ten feet high.
This installation is a joint partnership of Special Service Area (SSA) #22, the Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance (ASCA) and the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce (ACC). It is these groups’ collective goal to nurture and build a vibrant, thriving Andersonville, and supporting public art projects has been a unifying prospect for district beautification.
“Truly, anything is possible in Andersonville,” says Sara Dinges, the executive director of ACC, ASCA and the SSA. “We feel our neighborhood’s future is bright, especially since we are anchored by small businesses that are local, family, women and LGBT-owned. We want this message to spark hope, innovation, and pride in our community.”
With the City of Chicago’s Year of Public Art well underway in 2017, the groups set out to activate a large space with a large impact. The Jewel wall bridges central and north Andersonville and is well-traversed by shoppers and diners, as well as hundreds of schoolchildren attending Peirce School, one block away.
Jewel-Osco jumped on board and requested a positive saying designed by Matthew Hoffman. Collectively, “anything is possible” was chosen – a welcomed, inspired, and positive message to greet Andersonville every day.
Dubbed the “local capital of Chicago,” Andersonville is known for its concentration of local, independent businesses, its entrepreneurial spirit and its dedication to equality. This project was made possible by Jewel-Osco, ER2 Image Group, Matthew Hoffman, Alderman Patrick O’Connor, and Alderman Harry Osterman.
The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce fosters a vibrant environment in which Andersonville businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; providing business support services and advocacy; and engaging in business attraction, long-range planning, and economic development.
Andersonville Sustainable Community Alliance supports a vibrant and resilient Andersonville through innovation, education, and research.
Andersonville Special Service Area #22 is a funding tool managed by Andersonville Chamber of Commerce with programs that benefit the entire commercial district.