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.
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