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Murals that Convey History: Local Examples

Walking to my nearby Porter Square and a bit beyond in Cambridge,  I visited murals that show elements of history in ways that suit this artform. You can learn and sense a lot about earlier centuries in Porter Square by walking the block that contains three related murals.  You can take in the impact and origins of a significant statesman’s life by standing in the presence of the Tip O’Neill mural in North Cambridge.

Short Walk with Long View of Art on Walls in Central Square

My plan to focus on murals for the summer led me to revisit three familiar ones in nearby Central Square, Cambridge: David Fichter’s “Potluck” and Daniel Galvez’s “Crossroads” and “Crosswinds.” Just in the short walk among those three, I became aware of five more wall-based art sites I’d want to share on Art Outdoors.

Late Spring Look at Artwork on the Bikeway: “Ripple” and “Current”

This is my third post about these two artworks, though I have visited almost monthly and would gladly visit more often as local runners, walkers, and bikers likely do. This post simply offers my recent photos (May 31, June 9, 2018)  with ever-growing appreciation of what trees and artists can do together.

Lilli Ann Rosenberg Engaged People in Making and Enjoying Public Art

Lilli Ann Killen Rosenberg (1924–2011) initiated memorably collaborative community art projects wherever she went throughout her working life. From the Henry Street Settlement in New York City to numerous sites in the Boston area and then others in southern Oregon, she engaged children and adults in creating responsive public art. This post offers images from Boston sites I have visited and quotes or links that motivate me to visit many more.   

Horses and Humans: Deborah Butterfield Connects us through Art: Henry and Paint

Deborah Butterfield is one of the twenty-two women artists represented on Public Art Walk Boston. Her sculpture “Henry and Paint” is situated outside Copley Place. Visiting Henry and Paint through successive seasons of 2017, I saw them as distinct individuals bonded by their survival of changed surroundings.

Art on Bikeway in Arlington Endures in January Snow

Temporary Art Takes in the Expected Effects of Time and Weather After posting about two temporary art installations, “Ripple” and “Current,” in early autumn, I planned to revisit them at least once each month to see how they would survive seasonal changes. I did not know then how compelling both would prove to be, far beyond just curiosity. […]

Watch for History and Humor by Kate Burke and Gregg LeFevre in “Boston Bricks,” Winthrop Lane

Yet again the goal to post about women artists with work on Boston Public Art Walk has led me to suddenly see what’s  been in plain sight so long, in this case since 1985. That year Kate K. Burke and Gregg LeFevre inlaid more than one hundred bronze relief tablets throughout the brick walkway of one historic lane in downtown Boston.