We are happy to announce that the winning entry for the mural contest is a design by Daisy, a sixth-grade student at Mark Twain Elementary. Thank you, Daisy, for unveiling your artwork at the Chrysler Village Community Fest!
My name is Daisy Salto, and I’m a soon-to-be 7th-grader at Mark Twain Elementary. I’m a 12-year-old Mexican-American girl, and have been living in Chicago my whole life. I’ve been drawing since I was young, maybe about 5 or 4. My other hobbies include singing, writing, photography, and playing sports. I listen to music almost all day, and I draw on whatever I can. I’ll take pictures of beautiful people and things, which is everything. And I am a young believer that every race, sexuality, gender, etc., is equal. Most of all, I love my family to the ends of the earth and back and I’m 100% sure that I couldn’t live without them. They are my number one supporters, the ones who are here and aren’t. I want to say it all blossomed when my mom passed away in November of 2012. I was 8, and in third grade, so it shook me awake. Since then, all I can want to do is make her proud. And going into this mural, I can only see her smiling at me and my family, from a safer place.
Daisy’s art teacher, Miss Reynes, has been guiding the mural creation process. Miss Reynes just finished her first year teaching at Mark Twain. She grew up in River Forest and studied Art Education at the University of Illinois at Champaign. She really likes Cuban food, especially Cuban sandwiches and rice and beans. Her favorite movie is The Breakfast Club and her favorite TV show is Modern Family.
THEME: CHRYSLER VILLAGE – PAST & PRESENT
THE MISSION OF THE MURAL PROJECT is to create a living community mural which will promote the creative expression of neighborhood residents and provide an enriching visual experience to residents and visitors of Chrysler Village. The mural depicts important features of Chrysler Village and its community, both past and present. The mural will be a lasting expression of the community and an aesthetic pleasure to visitors.
The winning submission and artist recognition was featured in Lawler Park, in the heart of Chrysler Village. The mural was unveiled at the Chrysler Village Community Fest, hosted in August 2016.