The facade project at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative in Lincoln Square

The facade project

The facade project

The “facade project” at Chicago Printmakers Collaborative, 4642 N Western Ave, in Lincoln Square, devotes each window of the building’s upper three floors to the faces of nine U.S. soldiers who have died in Iraq. The CPC Web site states that “The piece shows the faces of 648 of the troops as a tribute and a reminder.” No other message, political or otherwise, is posted online or on the building.

The facade project


  • In his last letter to his parents before dying in World War I, Dinsmore Ely wrote that “it is an investment, not a loss, when a man dies for his country.”

    War memorial, Winnetka Village Green

    His words are chiseled in stone on the war memorial on Winnetka’s Village Green.

    Ely, as well, was not making a political statement, and wanted to be remembered for more than the fact of his loss.

    It’s curious that, according to the CPC site, “The installation will be ongoing until the troops currently stationed in Iraq return home.”

    In this apolitical world, do we then cease paying tribute to them and remembering them?

  • Doesn’t seem curious to me that the tribute will remain up until the troops return. Lots of people, many troops included, would say that while it’s important to always remember such sacrifice (I hope we haven’t forgotten what WW I soldiers did for us), it’s of paramount importance to have troops at the forefront of our thoughts while they’re directly in harm’s way.

    I’m not sure CPC owns its building or could for practical reasons make this a permanent monument.

  • Barry,

    My point – which you so deftly ignore – is that this is clearly an anti-war statement, and not free of politics as you suggested. The timing simply clarifies that, and your explanation for the timing is lame. If they don’t own the building, how can they even keep it up until the troops come home?

    The director of the project characterized it to the Reader as the CPC’s “first foray into politics.”

    As such, it exploits rather than honors our war dead. Some of us find that dishonorable, perhaps morally bankrupt.