The Radiance of Being

By Kate Lynn Lewis, The Radiance of Being, 2020

The Chicago Riverwalk’s Community Marketplace, just west of Michigan Avenue, is home to the mural The Radiance of Being, designed and painted by Chicago-based artist Kate Lynn Lewis.  The mural celebrates 100 years of Art Deco architecture. The lead artist and her all-female crew completed the mural spanning over 180 feet tall on two level.  In the artist’s own illustrative style, the scene is composed of motifs from some of Chicago’s Art Deco buildings, including the Chicago Motor Club, the St Jane, One N. LaSalle, 10 W. Elm St, the Palmolive Building, the Palmer House, the Adler Planetarium and many others. One of the Community Marketplace interior walls shows a map of where these buildings can be found in the city.


 “The Riverwalk is surrounded on all angles by art deco architecture, so it felt like a great opportunity to expound on the immersive experience of painting a deco collage inspired by motifs found in the area” said artist Kate Lynn Lewis.

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