Art@Site Juan, Corinne Peterson Chavez Hopes and Dreams

Corinne Chavez, Juan Peterson


Hopes and Dreams

CTA Station Roosevelt
Participants were asked to create images relating the themes that link the citywide, yearlong cultural exploration of Project Millennium: origins, transitions, new directions, discovery and technology, the environment, and shaping community.
They also incorporated their hopes and dreams for the new millennium into their carved tiles.
The mosaic design takes the form of a shifting landscape. Tiles shape the clouds, plants, trees, forests, oceans, earth and space. The entire composition can also be seen to be a human figure in nature, symbolizing the constant human search to understand nature, our surroundings, and ourselves.
This 1,600 square feet of mosaic is composed of more that 4,000 tiles It's created by men, women and children on the Museum Campus in the summer of 1999.
The nature-themed mosaic now enhances the subway/el stop closest to the Museum Campus, a landscaped area connecting the Field Museum, the Shedd Aquarium, and the Adler Planetarium. CPAG director Jon Pounds, Chávez, and Peterson are pleased that the project succeeds in humanizing--or 'naturalizing'--what could have been a stark, uninviting transportation site.
'It was a lesson-learning opportunity for us to work on such a large-scale public construction project--we were able to adapt to ongoing changes,' says Pounds. 'It’s interesting that the mosaic is an aesthetically complex and contemporary-looking piece that also involved the contribution of thousands of volunteers. And it’s wonderful that the CTA has established this amazing artwork as a standard for quality and engagement for its new public art program.'