Located within the Burnham Wildlife Corridor, this project is based on the interior shape of the conch shell —a logarithmic spiral-- which represents the desire to belong while also maintaining the core of memory and identity.

Language and images will feature prominently within a spiral open-ended structure that can function as a work or picnic table and community mural surface. The table/mural will be covered with wood or concrete slabs that can be painted with designs by community groups and artists. The installation will also include repurposed wooden stumps as stools and a stage for outdoor performances, as well as native plants and sculptural artistic elements.

Founded in 2003 by a cohort of Latino writers in Chicago and based in Pilsen, contratiempo is a literary center with a mission to preserve and highlight the cultural identity and contributions of the Spanish-speaking Latino population in the United States. 

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