Realizing the Impossible: Art Against Authority
Josh MacPhee, Erik Reuland
AK Press, Jan 1, 2007 - Education - 319 pages
What people are saying - Write a review
Part of the book covering a mosaic that was created by myself, Evan Glassman, and "Grifter", and installed by a concrete crew contracted by the City of Chicago that I persuaded to install within the context of the City's new median program was completely inaccurate. The design and fabrication of the mosaic was a collaboration between myself and "Grifter", and I alone, with the unknowing City contractors willing support, installed the piece.
The article in the Chicago Tribune was accurate, however at least this part of the book was not.
For a fairer and more accurate portrayal of this guerrilla art mosaic, more than one perspective on the course of events should have been addressed.
I think I learned this in High School journalism class.
Blair Kamin, a well respected architectural writer, and Pulitzer prize winner, contacted the City of Chicago, and they corroborated my description of what actually happened, for his piece in the Chicago Tribune.
I was certainly available for an interview and readily accessible in Chicago to these writers. I have not read the entire book, but I question its historical accuracy as a whole, based on the complete inaccuracy of this particular event.
Post script: I lived a block from the installation in the West Loop, for 5 years, and I was there walking my dog the day when a city manager was losing it on his phone about how this mosaic ended up in the city median, and i was also there on the sad day that city crews jack hammered it out.
thanks and Go Blackhawks!