I have always loved street art. Its subversive nature, unfiltered messages and unsanctioned appearance appeal to me on a very basic level that makes me appreciate the ingenuity and persistence of the “artists” who take the time to share their graffitti, stencils, stickers or tags in a uniquely powerful art form. While similarly powerful, Public art is unlike Street art in that it is very intentional. It is art that has been planned and installed in a location where it is designed to interact with the public. Whether you find them irritating or an inspiration, both Street art and Public art in all their iterations have long been part of our visual vernacular and plays an important role in our ongoing cultural dialogues.
With a series of murals that date back decades and regularly rotating artwork in “Graffitti Alley,” Central Square is known to be one of the more colourful neighborhoods in the Metro Boston area and has a long history of supporting creative expression in all its forms. Now host to a new series of murals that are part of the Central Square Mural Project Central Square is bringing new public art and new voices to the community. Installation of the murals, which began in the fall of 2019, coincided with the 10 year anniversary of “Graffitti Alley,” a.k.a. Modica Way, a local treasure and Gram-able hot spot know for its vibrant and eccentric rotating gallery of wall and graffiti art. The Central Square Mural Project has unfolded over the past year and features a wide range of talents, subjects and locations, all Mass Ave adjacent, which when combined with the older murals, make for a fun and engaging walk down Mass Ave.
There is probably no better way to get to know a neighborhood or area than walking the streets. While there are lots of other types of public art in Central Square for this tour I have limited myself to murals and larger scale commissioned pieces.
Coming out of the Central Square T stop you can walk up or down Mass Ave and find each of the murals I’ve included in this post. I would recommend using Google maps to help locate each of them if you are unfamiliar with the area And keep in mind that some are Mass Ave adjacent, meaning they are within about a block of the main road.
Central Square is easily accessible via public transportation and can be accessed via the Central Square T stop, on the Redline.
Links to artists websites at the bottom of this post.
Click through the gallery to see artists, titles and locations of work.
links to artist info: Marka27, Lena McCarthy, David Fichter, Kenji Nakayama, Imagine, Daniel Galvez, Eltono, The Fearless Collective, Problak, The Container Yard, Arts + Bio Collaborative, Central Square Mural Project