Borinken Me Llama Public Art

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Mural for Borinken Me Llama Public Art Series by Luis Alejandro Rodríguez. Location: 4049 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL In his first mural in the United States, one of Puerto Rico’s most talented young painters gives us a re-interpretation of J. M. Flagg’s 1917 “I Want You”poster based on the original British Lord Kitchener design of three years earlier. This iconic image of Uncle Sam was used to recruit potential US soldiers for both World War I and World War II. Inspired by the characters and events of the May 1, 2018 national protest in Puerto Rico, the artist invites us to reflect on the colonial relationship between the United States and Puerto Rico by painting a young female activist pointing at the onlooker as the central figure asking the question…”AND YOU?”


Artists from Puerto Rico affected by Hurricane María painted a series of 6 murals in collaboration with local artists in Hermosa and Humboldt Park commissioned by Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center with the generous support of the Chicago Community Trust, Bher Paint, Foundation for Puerto Rico, and the Fund for Safe and Peaceful Communities and Pipeworks Brewing Co. Their first visit to Chicago was marked by an art installation at The 606 Block Party on June 23, 2018 and four community events surrounding the concept, creation, and execution of the murals.

Inspired by Segundo Ruiz Belvis’s quote in his fight for the abolition of slavery, Colectivo Moriviví joins forces with local artist Sandra Antongiorgi to pay tribute to the May 1, 2018 national protest in San Juan, Puerto Rico.


By Bik-Ismo, Arecibo, Puerto Rico
Location: 4049 W. Armitage Ave., Chicago, IL
Known internationally for the mesmerizing realism of his chromed images, Bik-Ismo draws inspiration from the lack of transparency in the official count of Hurricaine related deaths in Puerto Rico. The flag reflects on the chromed skull and the number 4,645 stands at the top, reminding us of the most recent estimate of deaths by Harvard’s New England Journal of Medicine.

Location: Segundo Ruiz Belvis Cultural Center at 4048 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL


The Stencil Network invites us to reflect about the current state of affairs in the world’s oldest colony with a powerful image of the Puerto Rican flag being picked up by a bomb squad in full protective gear.

Location: Keystone and Armitage Ave., Hermosa, Chicago, IL.



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