A West Town alley has become an unlikely showcase for large-scale art, with more than a dozen murals completed in recent years on garages and at the rear side of residences spanning a single block, many of them done by well-known international artists.
One of the murals features giant eyes above what appears to be a beak clamping down on a lit match. It was done by the Thai street artist who goes by Mue Bon.
Another mural — a piece by the Colombian artist whose professional name is Stinkfish — explodes into a kaleidoscope of colors around the face of a child.
Another — done by the Dutch duo called Pipsqueak Was Here!!! — depicts a penguin, a little girl and a giant bear against the backdrop of a skyline.
This mural — by the Dutch duo known as Pipsqueak Was Here!!! — was done in 2018. Titled “A Little Ways,” it’s “basically about how we can walk alongside nature instead of fighting it,” according to the artists.
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Other murals in the alley between Noble Street and Bishop Street, serving homes and apartments on Ohio Street and Erie Street, were done by Chicago artists and muralists from Spain, Brazil and Britain, and elsewhere.
The first of the garage doors was painted about five years ago after a homeowner admired a nearby mural by a Los Angeles artist known as Sand One and tracked her down to…