Streeterville mural adds a touch of green to area
By Stephanie Racine, Staff Writer
Published July 9, 2018
Streeterville’s got a brand new shine.
In mid-June, after six weeks of work, the Nancy Pochis Art Studio unveiled the new art piece, “Urbs in Horto,” Latin for City in a Garden, Chicago’s motto. “Our goal was to depict botanic places in Chicago,” said Nancy Pochis Bank, the owner of Nancy Pochis Bank Art Studio, the group behind the mural. “We really wanted to brighten up that entryway,” she adds.
“This permanent, painted mural will be nine feet tall and a full city-block long (nearly 200 feet),” according to an email released from Nancy Pochis Bank Art Studio. The mural depicts Chicago covered in greenery, including flowers, butterflies and cornucopia. “It starts with the Logan Square Farmers Market, from south to north,” says Pochis Bank. The mural then depicts herbs as a transitional element—as Embassy Suites grows their own herbs. It also includes the tulips from Michigan Ave., the Illinois state flower, the violet, mums which are Chicago’s flower, and the Illinois insect, monarch butterflies.
The mural is located at the Embassy Suites’ valet drop-off, east of Columbus between Illinois and Grand, next to AMC River East.
According to NPB’s website, “NPB Studio Artists work as a team to create original large-scale artwork that has maximum creative impact.” Their process includes a brainstorming session with the client, a thumbnail sketch, a finalized sketch and the execution of artwork, according to the NPB website. A team of two to six artists ultimately works on the design and implementation. Four female artists from Nancy Pochis Bank Art Studio worked on the Streeterville mural, including Pochis Bank herself, Shayne Taylor, Brandin Hurley, and Brittney Leeanne Williams.
NPB Studio has several projects featured around Chicago, including a chalkboard world map at Wicker Park’s Wixter Fish Market and lettering on the entrance to the press box in Wrigleyville.
The studio also does live mural or chalkboard paintings, including a Hungry Caterpillar chalk design at the Lakeview Chamber of Congress’s Sunday Spot event. NPB also created a live mural at Vitromex’s 2016 Tradeshow at McCormick Place.
For more information on NPB Studio, visit nancypochisbank.com.