On Fulton Market - working at street level

Debra Henrichs's avatar Debra Henrichs

The original character of the Chicago meatpacking district is diminishing as gentrification, innovation and modernization of the Fulton Market neighborhood continues. To preserve the memory of the hustle and bustle that give Fulton Market its unique character, Debra Henrichs paints the meat packers in action, pushing the color and movement found on this fascinating working street. • Every weekday from 2 am to 2 pm, Fulton Market is transformed from a trendy restaurant scene into a series of working streets unlike any other in Chicago. • Beeping fork-lifts move boxes of chicken parts and pallets of neatly packed butchered hogs dodging commuters and residents while competing for space on the busy street. • Fulton Market engages all your senses –from the white-frocked workers playfully ribbing each other while pulling their 2-wheel hand carts, to the unmistakable scent of bleach from the freshly steamed streets at shift end. Viewers of the paintings can be seen laughing or seriously contemplating the expressions and feelings emitted from the collection. Debra’s sincere empathy for the hard work and challenges associated with moving produce and packed meat in and out of refrigeration in all types of weather is apparent in the energy you feel from the brush-stroked scenes.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth:
  • Medium: acrylic on canvas
  • Width: 5 feet
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 5 feet