The Boston area’s vast art scene isn’t just limited to what’s on exhibit at our brilliant museums, and is a rising destination for internationally-renowned muralists. In 2012, Os Gemeos painted a vibrant, massive mural in Dewey Square, and in 2015, the John Hancock Tower’s 44th through 50th floors were home to artist JR’s black-and-white Man in a Raft. Not only are the city’s murals great Instagram fodder but they’re also signs of how much Bostonians continue to support public art. Here are 5 murals to explore, ponder, and yes, snap a photo in front of.
“Innovation in Cambridge” by Przemyslaw Kordy at Freepoint Hotel, 2017
The Freepoint Hotel makes checking in a cultural experience thanks to the large mural installation celebrating Cambridge’s long history of innovation behind the front desk. Designed by Polish-born artist Przemyslaw Kordys, the sculpture contains 12 hidden objects that were designed in or impacted Cambridge, ranging from a Polaroid, razor blade, sewing machine, and even a printing press.
“Spaces of Hope” by Mehdi Ghadyanloo, 2016
The Rose Kennedy Greenway’s role as a canvas for art has delighted Bostonians since 2012, when Brazilian duo Os Gemeos painted a mural on The Greenway Wall at Dewey Square Park near South Station. Now visitors and locals will see Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s inspiring “Spaces of Hope” when they visit Dewey Square. Photo courtesy of @beantownjournal on Instagram.
Whale Mural by Ronnie Deziel in the South End, 1998
Although new residential buildings now block Ronnie Deziel’s iconic whales from view to drivers on I-93, the whimsical, massive painting, which measures 125 feet by 100 feet, is still a favorite stopping point for visitors to the South End. The leaping orcas, accompanied by sea turtles, are a friendly sight for locals. Photo courtesy of @grapefruitskin on Instagram.
“Two Men” by Os Gemeos at 200 Stuart St., 2012
While their massive Dewey Square mural is long gone, Brazilian brothers Gustavo and Otavio Pandolfo known as Os Gemeos, are still present in Boston with this smaller-scale painting. Created at the same time as their larger one, in tandem with their groundbreaking exhibition held at the Institute of Contemporary Art, it depicts two street artists spray-painting a building. The meta artwork is on the facade of the Revere Hotel. Photo courtesy of @inyalove on Instagram.
Augustine Kofie mural at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar, 2016
Have your tacos and your art, too, thanks to this painting by international retro-futuristic street artist Augustine Kofie who painted a one-of-a-kind mural on Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar’s F Street facade in South Boston. Photo courtesy of @locosouthbos on Instagram.
“Swimming Cities” by Monica Canilao at Pop Allston, 2015
Thanks to funding from Converse’s Wall to Wall and Blank Canvas community programs this mural by Monica Canilao is now on an exterior wall of Pop Allston. The thought-provoking mural seems to resemble a Noah’s Ark of sorts, with a giant ship loaded with abstract-shaped humans, animals, and home-like structures. Photo courtesy of Monica Canilao on Flickr.