Art on the street

Artist at work in the Back Bay

Stevil watched an artist painting the scene on Commonwealth Avenue in the Back Bay the other day.

In Fields Corner, a woman looked at some of the life-size self portraits on Dorchester Avenue, part of Dot Art's annual "Portraits, People and Places" exhibit.

Art on Dorchester Avenue in Fields Corner

Also in Dorchester, at Pope John Paul II Park along the Neponset, Chris Rich photographed one of the murals there:

Art in John Paul II park

Top photo copyright Stevil; bottom photo copyright Chris Rich. Both posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.



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Thanks Adam.

The Neponset Greenway has mural sets along these underpasses at least as far as the Milton Central trolley stop and they all seem to involve BPS kids and nature themes.

I like how they are mnemonic. The kids learn the species mix in school as a preliminary to mural design and then it's works to tell the trail users what lives there.

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At the other end ...

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The Martini Shell (the name of which I love) in Hyde Park used to be decorated in a mural of all the wildlife you might find in the Neponset. But then they upgraded the shell a few years ago and completely painted over the mural, alas.

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Rough. They probably

..didn't want to pay for mural keeping or something.

That side is still in progress as a trail as well.

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While Weather Is Still Nice

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I'd highly recommend a walk along the Neponset Greenway. I particularly like the stretch from Central Avenue (a couple of blocks from my childhood neighborhood in Dorchester) up to Butler Street, where one can get off the path and explore a bit of Cedar Grove Cemetery on a walk-through. Between Central and Milton there's the old railroad bridge (now paved) leading over to the old Baker's Chocolate site (now apartments and condominiums) so one can choose that as an alternate route.


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As a north shore kid, my focus was always toward that side and the south was a mystery.

And this applied to Boston as well. When I began making web stuff about our trails and open space assets, I finally began to explore it more carefully. The Neponset is like Boston's sweet back yard in comparison with its more opulent front stoop along the Charles.

And the various forays I do convince me that there are noteworthy elements throughout the city. This may be what aggravates some when a sloppy Globe writer fails to show much of a sense of the place beyond the part where the tall buildings live.

When I hoist photos to my planetary crew at google plus, it is an interesting blind test. People in Romania or Malaysia aren't aware of our parochial gradations of significance.

Haverhill photos are just as interesting to them as Chestnut Hill photos.It's America, after all.

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