After an extensive lockdown and what felt like endlessly looping around my neighborhood on a seemingly endless series of the same walks, I decided I needed a new backdrop. In normal times if I needed to refresh I would meet up with friends to hang out or and grab some dinner or maybe even plan a weekend excursion but in Covid times doing anything inside, much less visiting a museum, has become a lot more complicated. The idea of not seeing any new people and experiencing new things was asking too much so I decided to head to East Boston.
With the ICA Watershed already established as a creative hotspot (closed for the cold months) and Harbor Arts working to bring more public art to the Boston Waterfront the addition of the new murals exploring ocean advocacy scheduled to go up mid summer seemed incredibly fortuitous. Although I had periodically visited the ICA and the ICA Watershed in the East Boston Shipyard prior to Covid I didn’t know what I expected as I exited the Maverick T-Stop with my facemask on for the first time in honestly a very long time. What I found was an inspiring cache of incredible art ensconced in different locations around the lively and diverse neighborhood that is East Boston.
This trip I was focused on finding the 19 new murals that were going up in the neighborhood as part of Seawalls Boston 2021. Created in collaboration with a roster of national and international mural artists the Seawalls: Artists for Oceans project is part of the PangeaSeed Foundation’s public art program that has been working with artists all over the world to create public art that engages and educates audiences about the challenges facing our oceans. Boston is now home to 21 of those murals, with 19 installed in East Boston, (there is also one in front of the Aquarium and one next to Fenway Park). East Boston is a rapidly evolving neighborhood rich with history and diversity. Along with the new additions there was a pre existing commitment to public art and impressive collection of murals in the neighborhood. These works were created and installed in collaboration with different organizations that include the Mayor’s Mural Crew, Artists for Humanity, Boston Harbor Arts and Boston Harbor Shipyard and Marina and their longevity speaks to the tenacity of a neighborhood and it’s inhabitants who have worked hard to make it what it is today.
As you tour the shipyard in particularly please keep in mind that the art moves frequently. Even thought it might be pictured in one location in the my photographs they are frequently moving the work around so take your time and view as you look at the art. As always, 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.
Sidenote: I highly recommend strolling down the end of the Pier. There is a lot of work that has been placed along the walk and it has a spectacular view of the city that you probably don’t want to miss.
ART WALK STATS
Map Updated: March 2023
Total Distance: 4.0 Miles/ 6.43 kilometers
Estimated Time: 1:15 min – 2:30 min, depending on your pace.
Neighborhood: East Boston
Closest Subway: Maverick Station, Blue Line
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THIS MAP IS NOT FOR DRIVING. If you are unfamiliar with the neighborhood I recommend you also employ a map app.
ART WORK LIST
*Instagram handle, name and website included where available
- “Maverick Square” by C. Lauson. At the corner of Maverick and Henry Street
- “To Immigrants with Love: East Boston” by Heidi Schorck and City of Boston Mural Crew, 2017. 82 Paris Street. (Mural depicting Veronica Robles and Male Mariachi)
- “History of East Boston” by Unknown Artist – 155 Meridian Street. Side of Americano Espresso Bar.
- “Mural of multicolored designs on the back of restaurant” by @done_rite_designs at La Hacienda Restaurant. 150 Meridian Street, the Mural is actually on on Liverpool Street.
- “Protect What You Love” by @itsaliving / Ricardo Gonzalez 2021 (itsalivingnyc.com) Behind MacDonalds and Autozone. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “Death to Plastic” by @tallboy666 / (tallboyart.com), 2021 160 Liverpool Street. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “Guiding Giants” by @tajfrancis / Taj Francis, 2021. (tajtenfold.com) 150 Liverpool StreetSeawalls Boston 2021
- “Fear” by @sophytuttle / Sophy Tuttle (sophytuttle.com) 60 Border Street. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “Zumix Radio Block Party Mural” by @Liz_lamanche / Liz LaManche (earthsign.com), 2017. 250 Summer Street.
- “Precipice” by @beaustanton / Beau Stanton, 2021 (www.beaustanton.com) East Boston Fire Station & Mary Ellen Welch Greenway. Easily viewed from S. Breman Street. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “Guardian” by @josiemorway / Josie Morway 2021 (josiemorway.com) 24 Orleans Street. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “Eastlantis” by @Vise_1_Boston / Cedric “Vise 1” Douglas and @percyfortiniwright / Percy Fortini Wright (percyfortiniwright.com). At entryway to East Boston Shipyard on Left side.
- “Gates of Transcendence” by Michael Alfano. (www.michaelalfano.com ) Sculpture. East Boston Shipyard
- “Kelp Meal Makes Excellent Soil” by Paul Howe. Installation. East Boston Shipyard
- “Sculptured Benches” by Mark Faverman, Series of 3 benches. Faverman Design.
- “Untitled pink woman with fish and cityscape” by @marianalaurademarchi / Mariana de Marchi 2014. (marianademarchi.com). East Boston Shipyard
- “Protect What You Love” by @Imagine876 / Sneha Shrestha, (www.imagine876.com) 2020 Seawalls Boston 2020
- “Diving Lady” restored by Neon Williams, Installed in 2020 (neonwilliams.com)
- “Home of Chowder King” restored by Neon Williams, Installed in 2020 (neonwilliams.com)
- “Fight the Rise” by @josiemorway / Josie Morway, 2020 (josiemorway.com) Seawalls Boston 2020 (East Boston Shipyard.)
- “Rise” by @silvialopezchavez / Silvia Lopez Chavez, 2020 (www.silvialopezchavez.com) Seawalls Boston 2020 (East Boston Shipyard.)
- “The Codfish” by Steve Israel, installed in 2009 harboartsboston.com (In Boston Harbor Shipyard & Marina, Above “Rise”)
- “The Calling” by @vise_1_boston / Cedric “Vise 1” Douglas & @julzroth / Julz Roth East Boston Shipyard. Seawalls Boston 2020
- “Intersectional Environmentalism” by @artyouhungry / Nneka Jones (artyouhungry.com ) 2021. Donald McKay Elementary School. 122 Cottage Street. Seawalls Boston 2021.
- “Aquatic Dimensions” by @felipeortizart / Felipe Ortiz, 2021 (www.felipeortiz.com) Donald McKay Elementary School. 122 Cottage Street. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “Guardianes del Mar/Sea Keepers” by @oh_sabadee / Sabrina Dorsainvil, 2021 (sabrinadorsainvil.com) Donald McKay Elementary School. 122 Cottage Street. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “Solo Hay Un Océano” by @artworkofkai Kai’ili Kaulukukui (artworkofkai.com) & @most_funky_click / Taylor Reinhold (www.taylorreinhold.com) 2021. Donald McKay Elementary School. 122 Cottage Street. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “Espiritu del Mar/Spirit of the Ocean” by @Marka_27 / Victor Quiñonez, 2021. (Street Theory Gallery) Donald McKay Elementary School. 122 Cottage Street. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “To Immigrants with Love: Grandmothers” by @heidischork / Heidi Schork and @mayorsmuralcrew / the Mayor’s Mural Crew, 2017. Under Summer Street overpass
- “Rising Tides” by @sophytuttle / Sophy Tuttle (sophytuttle.com) 2020. Mary Ellen Welch Greenway, Summer Street underpass, Seawallls Boston, 2020
- “Untitled Plant Life Mural” by The Boston Natural Areas Network Youth Corp 2020. Under Gove Street overpass
- “East Boston Greenway” by East Boston Greenway Mural by Boston Natural Areas Youth Conservation Corp. Under Gove Street overpass, 2006
- “Hope and Resistance” by @afhboston, 2021 / Artists for Humanity Mary Ellen Welch Greenway, Under Porter Street Overpass. Seawalls Boston 2021
- “Untitled Nautical Mural” The Boston Natural Areas Network Youth Conservation Corps, 2017
- “Heart of the Ocean” by @felipeortiz / Felipe Ortiz, 2021 (www.felipeortiz.com) 260 Bremen Street. Seawalls Boston 2021. Follow the path to the ranger station, exit to the left and this mural is just across the street.
- “Plastic Pandora” by @squid.licker / Lauren YS (laurenys.com) 62 Chelsea Street. Seawalls Boston 2021
SIDEQUESTS !!! (These are absolutely beautiful but NOT in Eastie)
- “Protect the Blue Planet” by Shepard Fairy @obeygiant – Seawalls Boston 2021. Aquarium T Stop, Blue Line
- “PROTECT” by @dragon76art – Seawalls Boston 2021. This is in the alley between 120-126 Brookline Ave. Boston. Close to the Kenmore Square T Stop, Greenline. It is also easily viewable from Van Ness Street.
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Photos are in approximate order
The East Boston Art Walk map and tour is part of The Art Walk Project © Julia Swanson, 2022. To learn more about it and see other Art Walks please visit my website jscreatesonline.com.