ART & COMMUNITY MISSION
Creating a Dialogue with the Community: Revisiting Mauricio Ramirez & A.M. 1980
Clayco has always believed that art can enhance the quality of a project and give it a unique character, community and set us apart from other companies. Public art can heighten the image and the value of a project and its income-producing potential. Our clients and their customers enjoy the artwork and the identity it gives a building. Some developers feel strongly that works of art increase the value of the property itself. Others have found that spending money on public art and cultural amenities can generate as much press as a public relations campaign, garnering more goodwill in the process. Supporting the arts through private development is a way to give back to the community in return for building. Clayco’s unique identity and our distinctive tagline, the Art and Science of Building, represent our quality of craftsmanship and partnerships and our celebration of art and commitment to living artists. Clayco commits to this mission in many ways. Continuing to find ways to connect with communities through meaningful art projects differentiates us by using art and creativity in our projects and guarantees that modern and influential art flourishes through our projects. You see this commitment on the walls of our offices, in our construction projects, and throughout our Foundation.
Mauricio Ramirez’s goal with the design was to create a dialogue with the community by connecting them with a local cultural icon of the Logan Square Eagle. Built by Clayco and developed by CRG, A.M. 1980 Residences is strategically located just west of the heart of Bucktown and Wicker Park. Just south of the booming Logan Square neighborhood. A.M. 1980 Residence is a transit-oriented development (TOD). Its location was strategically selected to be less than 500 feet from the Western Station, the main vein for passengers traveling back and forth to O’Hare International Airport. This high level of traffic means that the A.M. 1980 mural is now a widely seen image. This vibrant piece of art reflects the neighborhood’s character and acts as an identifier for the building itself and setting it apart. While building in Bucktown, we were conscious that we were not only delivering a building that satisfied future tenants but that we were creating a new space in an existing and thriving community. The A.M. 1980 mural both heightens the image of our project while signifying that the new community of tenants is proudly tied to the neighborhood. Mauricio Ramirez’s goal with the design was to create a dialogue with the community by connecting them with a local cultural icon of the Logan Square Eagle. He wanted to incorporate the eagle into the mural and create it new to reflect the energy of the A.M. 1980 project.