Nathan Swain, famed North End artist, presented his plans for creating murals on the walls of “The Flights” in DeFilippo Playground (“The Gassy”) on Prince Street. The proposal was introduced at the January 10, 2013 meeting of the North End / Waterfront Residents’ Association (NEWRA).
NEWRA voted 28-1 to support the proposed murals. As shown below, the general concept is to replicate a stone wall similar to the granite on the other side of the park. The wall image will be slightly more “colorful” than the granite blocks with some vine or vegetation images added as well.
Swain is well-known in the neighborhood and throughout Boston for his large scale artistic presentations, including the windows on the Salem Street Powerhouse, the concrete walls in the St. Leonard’s Peace Garden and on the roll down doors of several businesses. More about Swain’s projects can be found at NateSwain.com as well as his “Ugly Boston Made Beautiful” blog.
The “before” and proposed “after” images of the mural are shown in the images below. Click the images to enlarge them.
Watch the video above to hear the full presentation and discussion, including issues such as graffiti and potential beautification of the garage wall too.