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Citys rich culture blooms in mural

Posted on Dec 07, 2005 Until now, Johanna Poethig had never painted a public mural in Chicago, where she lived after arriving from the Philippines at age 15 and to which she credits her artistic roots. "This is my first mural in Chicago except for my bedroom wall," jokes the internationally exhibited artist, who now calls California home. Poethig designed and led the painting of "Loop Tattoo," a 6,500-square-foot community mural soon to cover the brick, windowless side of 63 E. Lake St., just off Michigan Avenue. Poethig's beliefs sync with the social mission of public art – to claim public spaces and transform them – principles she teaches at the Visual and Public Art Department at California State University, Monterey Bay.
– Chicago Tribune, Dec. 7, 2005