A Central Square Art Walk

If you’re interested in Public Art, and looking to see something new there is probably no better neighborhood to get started than Central Square in Cambridge. Situated directly on the Redline, Central Square is known to be one of the more colourful neighborhoods in the Metro Boston area and has a long history of supporting creative expression in all its forms. With a series of murals and public art installations that date back decades, Central Square recently introduced a series of murals that are part of the Central Square Mural Project, which began in the fall of 2019 and coincided with the 10 year anniversary of “Graffitti Alley,” a.k.a. Modica Way, a local treasure and a Gram-able hot spot known for its vibrant and eccentric rotating gallery of wall and graffiti art.

Download map and list of art work below. Larger map below

Even with our lives upended by Covid, Central Square continues to be a vibrant neighborhood that supports new creative voices and community through the addition of new artwork. Some of the newest work is part of the “Speak Your Piece Campaign” designed to promote inclusion and embrace diversity through new public art pieces installed throughout the neighborhood. The truth is there is always new work being planned and installed. The murals feature a wide range of talents, subjects and locations, all are either on Mass Ave or Mass Ave adjacent, and when combined together they make for a fun and engaging afternoon for anyone who misses museum visits and is looking to get out and about, and maybe seek out something new.

Please keep in mind as you tour that the city is a busy place with people from all walks. It is up to you to be careful as you walk around. Please respect the neighborhood(s) and the people who live and work there, and have a safe visit.

Download Map & Artwork list

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ART WALK STATS

Total Distance: approx 2 mi/3.2 Kilometers

Estimated Time: 45 minutes – 1:30 min

Neighborhood: Central Square, Cambridge.

Closest Subway: Central Square, Red Line

Food: If you are looking for recommendations I suggest taking a look at Boston Eater


THIS MAP IS NOT FOR DRIVING. If you are unfamiliar with the neighborhood I recommend you also employ a map app.

LIST OF ART WORKS

Instagram handles and websites included where found.

  1. “Series of Portraits” by @jesusmanuelart (Utility Box in front of Cambridge City Hall at 795 Massachusetts Ave.)
  2. “Untitled” by @soleiarts (in front of 1369, 757 Massachusetts Avenue)
  3. “Untitled” by @talbotsart (Utility Boxes in front of Pill Hardware, 743 Massachusetts Ave)
  4. Cambridge and Beyond” by @percyfortiniwright  ( 743 Mass Ave. Look up above Pill Hardware)
  5. Power” by @lenamccarthy ( behind Pandemonium Books and Games. Corner of Pleasant and Green Street )
  6. “Untitled” @goldlemons (utlility box at the corner of River St and Mass Ave)
  7. Untitled” Green Street Garage by @vise_1_boston and @julzroth 2020 (260 Green Street)
  8. Dot Matrix” by Ed Andrews. Installed in 2003 ( Stairwell. Corner of Green Street and Pearl Street)
  9. Creative Freedom” – by @SilviaLopezChavez 2020 (Central Square Public Library, Green Street – Pearl Street)
  10. Celebrating the Marshland”  Lilli Ann Rosenberg, 1982 (Mosaic, Central Sq Public Library, 45 Pearl St)
  11. Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.Lilli Ann Rosenberg, 1985 [Mosaic, Central Sq Public Library, Franklin St]
  12. Speak Your Peace” Utility Box by Naijah Nine, 2020 @naijahnine  (Corner of Mass Ave and Brookline St)
  13. Crosswinds” by Daniel Galvez, 1992 (On the side of the Middle East, 472 Massachusetts Ave)
  14. Nocturnal” –  by Artists at  artbioollaborative.com (Corner of Brookline Street and Green Street)
  15. Diurnal” –  by the Artists at artbioollaborative.com (Corner of Green Street and Brookline Street)
  16. Untitled@Vyalone  (On the corner of Pearl Street and Green Street)  
  17. For Cambridge With Love from Nepal” by Sneha Shrestha, 2020 @Imagine876  (Corner of Sidney Street and Mass Ave)
  18. Belongingby the Fearless Collective  (Lafayette Park and Columbia Street)
  19. Set me Free & Illuminated” by Roxy Fernandez @rixyfz (across from Uhaul) & @rastagrandpa
  20. Set me Free & Illuminated by Sagie Vangelina @rastagrandpa (Bishop Allen Drive and Main Street)
  21. “Minerva and the Muse” by Allison Human, 2021 @hueman_
  22. “Untitled” by Curtis Williams @curtistic (Alley Next to 907 Main) 
  23. Untitled Installation” by @pheebzcpa (Sculptural installation on phone booth) #crazypantsart
  24. Central Square Cultural District” sign by Kenji Nakayama @needsignswillpaint (look up)
  25. Queendom” by Victor Quinonez @Marka27 (approximately, 581 Massave. Look up above building)
  26. Graffitti Alley – Aka “Modica Way” Multiple Artists.  (Next to Central Kitchen, near Hmart)
  27. “Breonna under the Stars” by Youth Artists at @caccambridge
  28. The Potluck” by David Fichter (On the side of Hmart)
  29. See Me” @mz.icar (Next to H-Mart, behind blue pop up shops, I know… sorry] mzica.com
  30. The Starlight – Performance Space.  You can not miss this. It’s massive. Behind/Next to Hmart.
  31. Past, Present, Futureby Felipe Ortiz 2020 @felipeortizart Corner of Norfolk Street and Mass Ave.
  32. The Teacher’s Home” by Caleb Neelon, 2020 @calebneelonart – On the other side of HMart.
  33. View of Mass Ave Circa 1929” by Adam O’Day 2020 @adam_oday and @sleonxrd. Essex Street and Mass Ave.
  34. Faces” by Unknown – (Utility Box) Corner of Mass ave and Essex Street.
  35. IDEO Building.  by @Eltono 2017 (Exterior design) (80 Prospect Street) 

PHOTO GALLERY

This gallery is in approximate order.

The Central Square Art Walk map and tour is part of The Art Walk Project © Julia Swanson, 2022. To learn more about this and other Art Walks please visit my website jscreatesonline.com.

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