Artist: Jamie Lynn Porto
Location: Ravenswood Ave and Leland Ave, NE corner
Materials: Paint, hand-crafted mosaic tiles, mirrored glass
Dimensions: 32 in x 5 ft x 5 ft
Installation Date: September 23, 2019

In early 2019, the Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce issued a Request for Proposals from local artists to beautify an existing flower planter at Damen and Leland avenues. The planter was beautifully maintained by SSA#31’s landscaping crews, but often a target for graffiti. Pilsen-based artist Jamie Lynn Porto’s proposal was selected by GRCC in the spring and work began that summer.

The project included a series of free, open-to-the-public workshops that gave neighbors the opportunity to create tiles for mosaic and learn how to install them. The resulting installation, called Community, was completed on September 23, 2019. To make way for the construction of a new People Space at Damen and Leland, Community was relocated to Ravenswood and Leland avenues in September of 2023.

Artist Jamie Lynn Porto

Project Details

Jamie’s proposal included several free community mosaic workshops, which take place outdoors over a few weeks in August. By the end of the series, attendees learned the basics of tile making, painting/glazing, and mosaic installation.

Sponsors: Greater Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, Special Service Area #31

Installation Team: Work on this piece was done by lead artist Jamie Lynn Porto, as well as Leigh Hardy, Andi Mints Gilreath, Jessica Licklider, Gene Wagendorf III, Aaron Arreguin, Caitlin Stich, and other members of the Ravenswood community.

About the Artist

Jamie Lynn Porto is a Chicago-based artist specializing in painting, drawing, large scale mural installation, and ceramics.


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