A Welcome Wall: Mural by Mehdi Ghadyanloo on Greenway Now

After creating more than one hundred distinctive murals in Tehran, Iranian artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo brought his wonderfully developed way with walls to Boston. Watching and listening to people in this city guided him to design Spaces of Hope for the Greenway Wall, which is the side of the air intake building facing Dewey Square Park. Using scale, scope, and shape of the wall, this impressive artwork draws viewers skyward. As you look up along seventy feet of the luminous painting, your own posture connects you with the people gazing upward in their slowly ascending line. The small bright balloons above their heads lead toward the giant one about to rise into the sky.

The Greenway website consolidates much valuable information about the artist, mural, process, funding, and links to enthusiastic press (both local and national) on one long page. It was a rich resource before and after my visits.

This is the fifth mural created for the Greenway Wall since 2012.  I’ve been fascinated by how each artist or team of artists imaginatively responded in their own styles to special features of the space.

Art Outdoors has posts about the first two murals (by Os Gemeos, Matthew Ritchie), the third mural (Shinique Smith), and the fourth (Lawrence Weiner).

Each of the of the four murals was a temporary installation, appearing and disappearing within a year. Marveling at the labor-intensive teamwork behind each one, I appreciate that the Greenway website preserves videos that document the processes and photos of the finished art. You can find those under Past Exhibitions on the Greenway website.

Yet there is no way to experience them again at their full size. With this awareness and my current fascination with Spaces of Hope, I plan to return as often as possible before it is gone. I’ll share high hopes with anyone else who has the opportunity!

Views of the current mural with quotes from Sebastian Smee’s Globe review November 10, 2016: Brilliant new Greenway mural is a trompe l’oeil triumph

The whole thing appears simple. But Ghadyanloo’s control of spatial illusion is masterful. He transforms the flat windowless wall into the cutaway interior of a dome with effortless aplomb, cleverly matching the design of his image to the unusual shape of the wall, with its off-kilter, semi-circular top.” from Sebastian Smee’s Globe review: Brilliant new Greenway mural is a trompe l’oeil triumph


  1. Sharon McBride · · Reply

    So great to see another Art Outdoors post! No time better than now to celebrate art –especially public art that’s free for all to see. I’m going to put on my walking shoes and get out there! Thanks!

    1. And so great to read your comment, Sharon. As always, your words help me focus and persist! Thank you.

  2. Judy Morris · · Reply

    Very nice. Glad you’re back posting this fun art, Deb.

    1. Thank you, Judy, for your welcome feedback!

  3. Thanks so much Deb. I wish we had more of this in Rhode Island!


    1. Thanks, Jemi! Yes, I hope we get more of this in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

  4. Rebecca MacWilliams · · Reply

    Thank you Deb! It looks fun and exciting!would love to see this first-hand, it looks pretty impressive!

    1. Dear Bec,
      I hope that you can come visit and we can see Spaces of Hope first-hand together. Hopeful, Deb

  5. #make and take art
    Really cool managed to get one of the 3D
    🐔 roosters so cool

    1. http://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/public-art/currently-greenway/chris-templeman/

      Thanks, Lisa! Above is a link to the Greenway’s information about Chris Templeton’s Make and Take Art. I have yet to see and write about it, but I hope to soon.

  6. Hi Deb! We visited this yesterday for Anne’s birthday because of your blog–great recommendation! I posted photos on FB. It’s really impressive, and we loved the artist’s statement below mural! Thanks! Peggy

    1. Thank you, Peggy, for mentioning the artist’s statement and also for affirming my own eagerness to share the impact of the mural. Belated birthday greetings to Anne.

  7. Judy Fosdick · · Reply

    Deb, thanks for this eye-popping outdoor art contribution. You open our eyes to a world accessible to all. I look forward to more of your outdoor art blogs as the weather improves– this COLD is keeping me inside lately. Judy F.

    1. Thank you, Judy, for the encoragement! Getting back to this blog is a good way to open my own eyes too.


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