CHICAGO (CBS) — Ald. Danny Solis (25th) wants graffiti artists to redirect their pastime toward legitimate artwork – namely, murals along a railroad embankment in the Pilsen neighborhood.
Solis wants to see more murals like the one now at 16th Street and Ashland Avenue in the, which he had painted by Belgian street artist ROA during Lollapalooza earlier this month.READ MORE: Naperville Police Searching For 3 Men Wanted In Jewelry Store Robbery
Now, Solis’ office confirms to CBS 2, he is looking for more artists to show off their work on the embankment, along 16th Street between Western Avenue and Canal Street.READ MORE: Man Arrested In Countless Social Media Threats Directed At CPS Schools, Days After Shootings Kill 2 Simeon Career Academy Students
Solis says the goal is to create a legal and safe means for graffiti artists to express themselves.MORE NEWS: XS Tennis Village In Washington Park To Host Pro Tennis Stars For 'Chicago Fall Classic'
A Chicago Sun-Times report says under Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s budget, the Graffiti Blasters program has been cut by 25 percent, and the reduced staff is on pace to remove less graffiti this year than last year.