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Art and Sea Walls in East Boston

Nov 04, 2020 Blog
Art and Sea Walls in East Boston Neatly lined rows of red crosshairs

The East Boston waterfront condos at The Mark sit adjacent to one of the most picturesque destinations in the city—the Boston Harbor. With sweeping water views framed by oversized windows, The Mark’s residents have a daily reminder of the natural splendor just steps away. 

Recently, the neighborhood has also become the site of a collaboration between artists and activists to raise awareness about issues facing communities under the threat of major coastal flooding and rising sea walls. This major art project—Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans—features six large-scale murals.

Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, which is part of a broader global initiative, spanning upwards of 400 murals in 16 countries, was brought to the East Boston neighborhood by Matthew Pollock, the Director of HarborArts, a sculpture park located a leisurely walk away from The Mark, along the Harbor. Pollack collaborated with local artists and leaders to produce the murals, each with its own ocean theme, for the Shipyard and Mary Ellen Welch Greenway.

One of the main goals of the project is to beautify the neighborhood with public art while educating members of the public about how to preserve and protect marine and environmental resources. Creating art that intersects with environmental activism is the aim of the Hawaii-based nonprofit PangeaSeed Foundation, which is behind the international Sea Walls program. Actions at the individual and community level—based on awareness of plastic’s effect on marine life and the impacts of rising sea walls and eating sustainable seafood—reinforce the steps needed for more comprehensive national and global action.

Residents of The Mark are doubly beneficiaries of Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans, which showcases world-class public art in the dynamic East Boston neighborhood and seeks to preserve the natural beauty at The Mark’s doorstep.

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