See Chicago through the lens of French photographer, Philippe Durand with Rust and Flowers. This large photographic mural was produced as part of Durand’s summer residency at the Art Center and with the support of The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States and Black Point Editions, Ltd. Durand spent three weeks in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center from June 21 until July 14, 2010.
During this time, he traversed the outskirts of the city to find the intersections of metal, faded paintings and abandoned factories that shape the urban landscape. He focused his camera on areas where the concrete gave way to foliage, allowing new growth to break through the rubble. The Rust and Flowers series produced in Chicago consists of nearly 20 photographs. The artist had the Art Center’s foyer wall in mind when he took the photograph featured in this exhibition.
A publication featuring the photographs in the Rust and Flowers series by Philippe Durand was released in early 2011 with partial support from The Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States.