Monday, October 19, 2009
Our Lady of the Underpass
Title taken from a play my girlfriend told me about (my source for all things theatrical in Chicago). It sounds quite good, and I hope to catch it when it is remounted, as a little bird informs me it will be.
In any case, this is the site where sometime in 2005 it was noticed that a stain had appeared under the Fullerton Ave 90/94 underpass. And this stain bore to some a striking resemblance to The Virgin Mary. In the years since it has been grafitti'd, painted over, restored, and now finally apparently accepted to just mark the former spot. These fixtures have been bolted into the concrete, with a canopy to protect the shrine below from the pigeons above.
I'm going to be honest and say that my passing reaction to this has been somewhat mocking. But it's striking in person, so meticulously kept up. No one else walked by in the half hour or so I spent there, but every candle was lit.