This is my portion of the "Chromaline" project in Allston, MA, organized by my friend, Jillian Wiedenmayer. We were charged with transforming the drab footbridge over the Mass Pike into a vibrant piece of public art. Several local artists, students, and the community as a whole were invited to contribute over the course of one weekend in October 2017.
The pieces had to be site specific, and I heard from community members that a feeling of "safety" was a goal. I did some research and learned that Allston was founded because Brighton grew too big for its post office to serve all of its citizens. From this, I created a cute little narrative about an American robin (Allston), delivering a love letter from the bumblebee (Boston) to the beetle (Brighton).
I wasn't sure how to execute something so big onto the floor of the bridge, so I created twenty-one 2'x3' stencils that I would first use to lay down the shapes of the design, and once more to put down the final linework. It was interesting to first sketch the design, (unnecessarily) flesh it out in graphite, and then reimagine it as a series of lines and holes in which paint could pass through.
Below are steps of the process, and the final mural in Allston, MA: