Benjamin Ezra is creating a REAL Chicago Architectural Tour, Illustrated.
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Ezra Street Level
Markers, Oil Paints, Ink, Graphite on Matte Board

     Ezra Street Level is a 160-foot-long, 7-inch-tall, full color, panoramic illustration of a four-and-a-half mile stretch of Chicago Avenue between Grand Avenue and Lake Michigan. Artist Benjamin Ezra sketched it on location between November 2010 and July 2013. It features every adjoining address along the south side of the street. It also includes every building visible in the distance to the south.

     The piece was born out of a case of writer’s block, a dream, and a compulsion that drove the artist to describe life as seen from the “street level.” But where to begin? Ezra, who is also a guitarist and singer, first considered exploring the concept through music, but it soon became clear that the work was best suited for a visual medium.

      In the literal sense, Street Level is about the common ground we all stand on. In the abstract, it asks the question of what it means to be human in a world rapidly being reshaped by artificial intelligence and apps that tell us where we are, who we are, and what’s going on around us. Rather than dwell on the negative aspects of city life, Street Level is a deeply inspired celebration of the local and the ordinary; it encourages Chicago to put down the smartphone and take a fresh look at itself though a decidedly analog lens.

     It’s impossible to capture in one breath what Chicago, seen at street level, means to its 2.7 million residents and the 54 million visitors it welcomes every year. The city’s 77 unique neighborhoods offer 77 different entry points for exploring its mosaic landscapes. Ezra Street Level offers a pedestrian’s eye view of the city’s myriad facets, from the commonplace to the majestic.
Tiers
Bronze
$10 or more per month
Get two stickers and a signed thank you in the mail.

The stickers are a big and bold 2.5 inches X 8 inches long!

1. Ezra Street Level #66 BUS.
2. Ezra Street Level Train. 
Ezra Street Level
Markers, Oil Paints, Ink, Graphite on Matte Board

     Ezra Street Level is a 160-foot-long, 7-inch-tall, full color, panoramic illustration of a four-and-a-half mile stretch of Chicago Avenue between Grand Avenue and Lake Michigan. Artist Benjamin Ezra sketched it on location between November 2010 and July 2013. It features every adjoining address along the south side of the street. It also includes every building visible in the distance to the south.

     The piece was born out of a case of writer’s block, a dream, and a compulsion that drove the artist to describe life as seen from the “street level.” But where to begin? Ezra, who is also a guitarist and singer, first considered exploring the concept through music, but it soon became clear that the work was best suited for a visual medium.

      In the literal sense, Street Level is about the common ground we all stand on. In the abstract, it asks the question of what it means to be human in a world rapidly being reshaped by artificial intelligence and apps that tell us where we are, who we are, and what’s going on around us. Rather than dwell on the negative aspects of city life, Street Level is a deeply inspired celebration of the local and the ordinary; it encourages Chicago to put down the smartphone and take a fresh look at itself though a decidedly analog lens.

     It’s impossible to capture in one breath what Chicago, seen at street level, means to its 2.7 million residents and the 54 million visitors it welcomes every year. The city’s 77 unique neighborhoods offer 77 different entry points for exploring its mosaic landscapes. Ezra Street Level offers a pedestrian’s eye view of the city’s myriad facets, from the commonplace to the majestic.

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Tiers
Bronze
$10 or more per month
Get two stickers and a signed thank you in the mail.

The stickers are a big and bold 2.5 inches X 8 inches long!

1. Ezra Street Level #66 BUS.
2. Ezra Street Level Train.