The mural “All As One,” unveiled in 2018 in Chinatown’s Ping Tom Memorial Park.

The mural “All As One,” unveiled in 2018 in Chinatown’s Ping Tom Memorial Park.

Robert Herguth / Sun-Times

Chinatown bursting with murals of flowers and a dragon and other public art

The neighborhood has several high-profile works, including a painting of a dragon in a viaduct, a sprawling mosaic and a mural featuring images of brilliant flowers.

Chinatown might be better known to some for its restaurants, but it also has several notable works of public art, some in need of a touch-up, others still dazzling.

Like the mural “All As One” that was unveiled in 2018 in Ping Tom Memorial Park, 1700 S. Wentworth Ave., created by artists Andy Bellomo, Anna Murphy and Chester Chow.

“I restored it once after some vandalism, but, other than that, it’s holding up,” Bellomo says.

Murphy says the “idea for the design was inspired by the blue-and-white Chinese porcelain. It is comprised of plants and flowers that are found in Chinese culture and traditions and also native plants to Ping Tom Park.”

A mural in Chinatown by Andy Bellomo and Bernard Williams in 2019, before it began to deteriorate.

A mural in Chinatown by Andy Bellomo and Bernard Williams in 2019, before it began to deteriorate.

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Bellomo and Bernard Williams were the lead artists on the “Chinatown Centennial Mural” painted on opposite sides of a viaduct along Archer Avenue that commemorated the 100th anniversary of the Chinese American community and includes an image of a giant dragon.

The Chinatown dragon is now in need of a restoration.

The Chinatown dragon is now in need of a restoration.

Robert Herguth / Sun-Times

Part of the mural is deteriorating. “We’d very much like to restore it,” says Chantal Healey of the Chicago Public Art Group. “We’re trying our best to get the funding for it.”

“Between The Mountains And The Water” by Anna Murphy.

“Between The Mountains And The Water” by Anna Murphy.

Robert Herguth / Sun-Times

Also at Ping Tom Park is a mural by Murphy titled “Between The Mountains And The Water,” completed in 2019 and in need of restoration where the wall is chipping.

According to the Ping Tom Park Advisory Council, “This mural is inspired by the beautiful and rich history of the Chinese silk landscape paintings, considered by many to be the highest form of painting. Striking and bold in its large scale, it gives a contemporary feel to an age-old tradition. The reflective gold background sparkles with light as the sun moves across its surface, breathing new life into every changing moment.

“With a loving reverence for the natural world, this image is full of meaningful symbolism: the towering evergreen trees and elegant cranes are symbols of longevity; the flowers are symbols of purity and perseverance; and the birds are symbols of change and togetherness.”

The mosaic “Chinese in America,” in Chinatown.

The mosaic “Chinese in America,” in Chinatown.

Sun-Times file

At Chinatown Square, in the 2100 block of South Archer Avenue, there’s a mosaic designed by Zhou Ping and Yan Dong. The artwork — titled “Chinese in America,” celebrating Chinese immigration and culture — includes about 100,000 tiles and was dedicated in 1993.

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