Logistics Property Co. Executive Vice President Aaron Martell introduces artist Ellen Rutt and her new mural artwork at its dedication on September 25, 2020, at 3711 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.

Massive Mural Heralds Completion of Ashland Avenue Warehouse

Published September 30, 2020

Mural artwork by Detroit-based installation artist Ellen Rutt now graces the street wall of the new warehouse at 3711 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago, following a dedication ceremony on Friday, September 25, featuring Rutt and members of the Logistics Property Co. team behind the development. 

 
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“We’re thrilled to unveil our first strategic community initiative in the city of Chicago in the form of a public artwork,” said Aaron Martell, Logistics Property Co.'s executive vice president for the Midwest region. “Partnering with an artist of Ellen Rutt’s caliber — to turn our vision into a reality in record time during a global pandemic — was an unanticipated dream come true."

 
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“This is definitely the largest mural I’ve ever painted,” Rutt said. Her work, titled "Tell Me About The World You Want To Live In," fills the 266-foot by 38-foot west elevation of the structure along Ashland Avenue in the McKinley Park neighborhood and speaks to today's conflict between order and chaos, she said.

Logistics Property Co 3711 S Ashland Ellen Rutt mural Tell Me About The World You Want To Live In"Tell Me About the World You Want to Live In" by Ellen Rutt graces the wall of the warehouse at 3711 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago. Photo courtesy of Matt Kosterman for Logistics Property Co. “Every mural is unique because they are site-specific," Rutt said. "They become part of the built environment and the surrounding landscape and communities.”

Mural Production Deadline

A special challenge of the mural project was implementing it in the six-week time frame allowed by construction, Martell said. This was greatly assisted by working with local arts producer Nick Marzullo, known in Chicago for his work through the Bucktown neighborhood's former Pawn Works Gallery.

 
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With Marzullo's assistance and outreach through Instagram, Rutt was able to hire local artists to help with the installation, including McKinley Park neighborhood-based artist Shiraz Bhatti, textile artist Nat Standferd, artist and activist Cortlyn Kelly, and designer and architect Rachel Mulder.

"So many amazing artists contacted me," Rutt said. "I met some incredible creatives in the process."

Public Art Benefits

Motivation for installing the artwork came through a desire to be a good member of the neighborhood and to highlight the premier nature of this commercial facility, Martell said.

"3711 South Ashland Avenue is a flagship property," he said. "It was important that we made it something really special."

Logistics Property Co 3711 S Ashland Shiraz Bhatti Nick Marzullo 20200925Contributing McKinley Park-based artist Shiraz Bhatti, left, and producer Nick Marzullo enjoy refreshments from nearby Marz Community Brewing Co. at the mural dedication on September 25, 2020.During the dedication ceremony, Martell also spoke to the practical benefits of a street wall mural: Graffiti taggers may be less likely to deface the building because of the existing street art, he said.

Local Arts Support

As part of Logistics Property Co.'s support for community art and artists, the company and Rutt awarded a donation of $5,000 to the Chicago Public Art Group, a 501(c)(3) non-profit headquartered nearby on the developing Morgan Street art district in the Bridgeport neighborhood.

Chicago Public Art Group Managing Director Maryrose Pavkovic said the funding will be used to support new public-facing window mural installations in Chicago. Her group, which has been enabling public artwork in Chicago since 1971, currently works with about 10 artists, she said, and was involved in helping to coordinate resources for the new warehouse mural.

 
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Tenants Are Pending

The 3711 S. Ashland Ave. building is currently unoccupied and is seeking one or more tenants, Martell said. The floor and some other elements of the facility remain unfinished until incoming tenants define the use they need.

 
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Commercial real estate brokers Lee & Associates are managing leasing for the project, construction for which was secured earlier this year thanks to a $10 million loan from Inland Bank and Trust, as previously reported here in the McKinley Park News.

Logistics Property Co. hosts its headquarters in downtown Chicago and has offices nationwide. Its current work offers a commercial real estate logistics platform focused on acquisition, development and management of logistics properties in key North American markets in partnership with MIRA Real Estate, a part of Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA).

Logistics Property Co 3711 S Ashland Ellen Rutt mural signatureArtist Ellen Rutt's signature bookends her work "Tell Me About the World You Want To Live In" at the new warehouse at 3711 S. Ashland Ave., Chicago.


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