A new mural — called “Energy Conversion” — is made by Chicagoans for Chicagoans. Created by local artist Miguel A. Del Real, this piece symbolizes Chicago’s skilled trade workers and their bright future.
“Energy Conversion” was unveiled last Thursday at 3300 N. Sheffield Ave. The artist, Del Real, was in attendance, as well as representatives of Paramont EO and Crest Lighting and Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce.
“Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce has a commitment to the arts, from our annual Lakeview East Festival of the Arts, returning this September, to supporting public art throughout the area,” said Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Director. “We appreciate Paramont EO and Crest Lighting for partnering with us to create a new must-see destination in Lakeview East with this new work from Miguel Del Real.”
This new public work may be enjoyed by people walking and driving as well as by train passengers passing it on the EL.
Artist Del Real said, for him, the goal of public art is a “reciprocal process.”
“This mural has been installed to honor those in the field who are uniquely skilled and support the community,” said artist Del Real. “This project has come to fruition with years of persistence, communication of vision and dedication to the process by everyone involved and I’m grateful to have been a part of the plan to activate the site.”
Del Real’s artwork can be identified by his intricate line work, which is contrasted with colorful accents and designs influenced by calligraphy and indigenous patterns. The artist’s signature style uses depth and layers to show conceptual imagery, line precision and unique color combinations.
As a lifelong native to Chicago, Del Real finds inspiration from diverse cultural design motifs and the global art scene.
The mural’s progression is documented below on Paramont EO’s Youtube channel.