Octopod: Boiler Room Specimen

The Boiler Room 2210 North California Avenue Chicago

Jason Brammer
Written By Jason Brammer

Jason Brammer is a Chicago-based visual artist known for his distinctive mixed media works, paintings, drawings, site-specific installations, and murals.

It's no surprise that a Logan Square staple like the Boiler Room would commission Jason to tattoo their wall like he's already done in much of the neighborhood. In conjunction with PBR Beer, the Boiler Room had him create a giant octopus on the side of their wall. It's 28'x25', and it's safe to say that it's the only giant octopus in Chicago.

You've may have seen some of this guy's family before, as Jason is a fan of painting little octopus paintings to look as if they are archived specimens from a bygone era. That's actually how this mural got the title, Octopod: Boiler Room Specimen. If the octopus appears to be dancing, it's not the beers you had inside but the rhythm flowing through the tentacles that leads your eyes through the swirling patterns.

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Because the facade of the building is cinder block, it was painted with an airbrush and spray gun. Take a closer at the positioning of the PBR cans. They form a triangular shape or pyramid which can be seen in other works prominently positioned on his studio in Humboldt Park.

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