Up Close and Personal at Chicago’s 3rd Annual Titan Walls Mural Festival
We recently wrapped up this year’s Titan Walls Mural Festival, our biggest festival in Chicago to date. Last year, in the depths of the pandemic, before vaccines were available, the 2nd annual Titan Walls Mural Festival brought hope and color to Chicago, but it was a scaled-down festival for safety reasons.
This year’s event was different. We’re happy to say Titan Walls came back strong in 2021, bigger and better than ever.
To celebrate a brighter year, we kept the art activations and our 14 fabulous artists in closer proximity during this event to give people more opportunities to experience the magic of live painting. There’s nothing like watching art be brought to life before your eyes.
The event was presented by our friends @properties, and live painting and other festival events took place at District Brew Yards and Altitude Chicago as well as nearby walls in the West Town neighborhood.
The 3rd annual Titan Walls Mural Festival was a family affair. A mobile mural wall by Chicago’s Katie Lukes in the Altitude Chicago lot gave kids a chance to showcase their artistic skills. The resulting colorful and wildly creative mural is now on display at Altitude. Great music was part of the scene too, with performances by School of Rock, The Future Kingz, DJ BoatHouse and DJ RTC.
The festival also featured an all-new Creators’ Market with kid-friendly activities including:
- Live painting by Kraneil Fine Art,
- Mini putting green by Bean Tees,
- Colored pencil drawings on records by Brianna Saviano,
- Cookie decorating by Pastry Sue,
- Make-your-own clay magnets by Loud Theory,
- Wall hang ing tutorials by Lei Chartru,
- Street art by Studio W.I.P.,
- Biscuit decorating by Hoppy Biscuits,
- Mini-affirmation banners by Margaux Bijoux
- Comic strip drawings by Northside Comic Artists.
Titan Walls 2021 also featured body airbrushing by Freelance Studios and a screen printing station where you could score your very own Titan Walls Tee, both raising money for our non-profit partner. At District Brew Yards, sales of this year’s special Titan Walls branded beer kept attendees refreshed while raising money for SocialWorks, a non-profit founded in Chicago by none other than Chance the Rapper. SocialWorks empowers youth through the arts, education and civic engagement, making it a perfect fit for a creative event like Titan Walls.
Family and friends from the Chicagoland area came together around all of these events, especially the live painting by our talented Titans. But the diverse crew of artists, including those from out of town and those who call Chicago home, came together in a new way this year too. As one artist’s assistant put it, everyone got to leave something behind in Chicago, and our city’s awesome art scene proved again how uniquely welcoming and close-knit it is.
The muralists who brought art to life in this year’s Titan Walls Mural Festival included:
- Max Sansing
- Mac Blackout
- Katie Lukes
- Wing Chow
- Suburban Warrior
- George F. Baker III
- Thomas Turner
If you didn’t catch these amazing artists live, you can still check out their work on Instagram (see individual artist’s pages or @muros.co and @titanwallschicago). If you’re interested in becoming a partner or sponsor for next year’s event, reach out to us at www.muros.co/titan-walls/ We hope to see you there, up close and personal.