The Nation: Painting the Town

The magnificent obsession of Sachio Yamashita is to turn the gray streets and buildings of Chicago into a splendiferous explosion of color. "The whole city is my canvas," declares the slight, goateed artist, who left Japan in 1968 to join the faculty of Prairie State College in Chicago Heights. So far, with the help of small contributions from the city, the U.S. Government and the Stone Foundation, Yamashita has painted the side of an old apartment building with a picture of waves surrounding Mount Fuji, hung a thick, 165-ft.-long, rainbow-hued rope from the roof of another structure, and rainbowed—rainbows are his...

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