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Three railroad viaducts in Evanston are being brightened with murals this year by the Evanston Mural Arts Program.


Outlines for the mural planned for the north wall of the viaduct.

Work is well underway by artists Jeff Zimmermann and Anthony Lewellen on the viaduct at Church Street and Maple Avenue in partnership with Downtown Evanston.

Other viaducts scheduled to get new murals before winter sets in include the Emerson-Ridge-Green Bay viaduct, to be painted by the North Carolina artist known as Dalek and the Lake Street and Sherman Avenue viaduct, to be painted by Cheri Charlton and a group of Evanston Girl Scouts.

The Evanston Mural Arts Program was launched last year by the non-profit Art Encounter organization, which works with the city’s Evanston Arts Council, local business districts and community groups to carry out the projects.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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