Between the Mountains and the Water - Chicago, IL
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member libbykc
N 41° 51.481 W 087° 38.057
16T E 447353 N 4634206
Quick Description: A mural inspired by Chinese silk landscape paintings in Chicago's Ping Tom Memorial Park.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 11/28/2020 6:05:36 PM
Waymark Code: WM13F8C
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
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Long Description:
This gorgeous mural depicts a pastoral scene of trees, birds, and mountains on a gold background. On one side people are depicted taking in the beauty of nature. This mural is in Ping Tom Memorial Park along the Chicago River in the city's Chinatown. It is one of several murals painted on the underpass of the 18th Street Bridge.

A plaque on site reads:

"Between the Mountains and the Water

"This mural is inspired by the beautiful and rich history of the Chinese silk landscape paintings, considered by many to be the highest form of painting. Striking and bold in its large scale, it gives a contemprary feel to an age-old tradition. The reflective gold background sparkles with light as the sun moves across its surface, breathing new life into every changing moment.

"With a loving reverence for the natural world, this image is full of meaningful symbolism: the towering evergreen trees and elegant cranes are symbols of longevity; the flowers are symbols of purity and perseverance; the birds are symbols of change and togetherness.

"According to the Analects, a benevolent person finds pleasure with the quiet mountains and a wise person finds pleasure with lively waters. We may surely enjoy both the mountains and the waters. And between them, there is always the balance of movement and stability.

"It is the artist's hope that this mural will be a reminder to its viewers of the serene and tranquil enjoyment nature provides for us.

"[Text in Asian language]

"Lead Artist: Anna Murphy @annamurphy
"Medium: acrylic paint"
City: Chicago

Location Name: Ping Tom Memorial Park - the mural is on the underpass of a bridge

Artist: Anna P. Murphy

Date: 2019

Media: acrylic paint on concrete

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