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Muddy Waters Arrives on State Street

Eduardo Kobra, an internationally acclaimed Brazilian street artist, recently completed a nine-story mural of Chicago blues legend Muddy Waters in the Loop. The mural is located at 17 North State Street and visible along State Street between Washington and Madison. This new work covers the GO DO GOOD mural by Kate Rosen that was commissioned by Chicago Loop Alliance in 2011.

The mural is painted on the north façade of the building, currently owned by Marc Realty and also known as the Stevens Building. This historic office tower was constructed in 1912 and originally housed retailer Charles. A. Stevens. More recently, it has become home to Broadway In Chicago, universities and creative office operations.

Paid for by Marc Realty and Columbia College Chicago, Kobra’s mural was installed as part of Columbia’s Wabash Arts Corridor Big Walls festival, which brought 17 renowned local and international street artists to install more than 40,000 square feet of new large-scale building murals along Wabash Avenue in the South Loop—bringing the total number of public art installations in the district to nearly 40, one of the largest concentrations in any city center nationwide. Lindsey Meyers of Beauty & Brawn Art Gallery and Think Space in Logan Square curated the piece, along with four other Wabash Arts Corridor murals. 

Kobra’s massively scaled murals of famous or historical figures are renowned and distinctive for their kaleidoscopic use of bright colors and bold lines. His murals can be found throughout the world, from Brazil, Russia, Switzerland and Italy to Los Angeles, New York and Minneapolis. For his latest mural of Muddy Waters in the Loop, Kobra was assisted by a team of three Brazilian visual artists and completed the work in just over two weeks on Friday, May 20.

“Eduardo Kobra’s new mural will add an invigorating and colorful international artwork to State Street and the Loop,” said Anne Voshel, Principal, AVA Consultants/Marc Realty. “More importantly, it celebrates Muddy Waters, who is an authentic Chicago icon.”

Visit eduardokobra.com to learn more about Kobra and his art.


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