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Nevermore Park

Hebru Brantley, MWM Universe and Angry Hero, are partnering to create Nevermore Park, a neo-futuristic take on Chicago - where black culture and heroes are at the forefront.

Visitors to Nevermore Park will be transported into the fictional hometown of Brantley's iconic characters: Flyboy and Lil Mama. The interactive art installation spans nearly 6,000 square feet and is scheduled to open this fall.

"Nevermore Park is meant to be a fun, accessible, and invigorating experience for audiences of all ages to participate in a narrative-driven fine art installation," Brantley says. "This project is about reclaiming history - both in the United States and the city of Chicago - through a lens that speaks to empowerment and giving agency to a historically disenfranchised community."

Nevermore Park will be a ticketed experience and have a limited run. Powered by Brantley's imagination, this installation is the beginning phase of a larger Flyboy Universe franchise being built by MWMU.

Construction has begun on the site in Pilsen. People can sign up to receive pre-sale ticket information at Nevermore Park. More updates will be provided via the @flyboyuniverse Instagram account.

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See also:

* Tribune: Hebru Brantley's Aviator-Goggle-Wearing 'Flyboy' Gets His Own Park, Neo-Futuristic Art Installation In Pilsen This Fall.

"Brantley: Nevermore is a (fictional) area on the Southeast Side of Chicago that's a bit overly stylized and hyper-embellished, and that's the stomping ground of our main characters and that's where our stories sort of take place. The installation is just putting the audience, submerging them in that world for however long that they want to get pictures, stand and travel through and engage in that space."

* Modern Notoriety: Hebru Brantley Announces Nevermore Park.

"Around seven or eight years ago, Hebru Brantley, a street artist from the Southside of Chicago, started using his now-famous Flyboy character in murals as a background character that quickly grew into the main character he now uses to drive the narratives of his art exhibits and installations. I remember seeing Flyboy for the first time in a black-and-white mural on the walls of Leaders 1354 when it was located in Wicker Park and thought to myself that this was a really cool simple character."

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