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Our campus as a canvas

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The pedes­trian bridge that tra­verses the MBTA tracks and con­nects the Columbus Avenue parking struc­ture to Northeastern’s main campus has under­gone a colorful trans­for­ma­tion, thanks to a new ini­tia­tive that will bring more public art to campus.

Daniel Anguilu, a North­eastern artist-​​in-​​residence last week, was com­mis­sioned to paint a mural on the bridge’s retaining wall that faces the Curry Stu­dent Center. He started painting last week and fin­ished ear­lier this week. After one day of work, the gray-​​colored wall was already trans­formed with swaths of vivid color.

The new public art ini­tia­tive will pro­vide fac­ulty, stu­dents, and artists from around the world “can­vases” throughout campus—in highly vis­ible and some­times unex­pected places—to dis­play their works for the entire campus com­mu­nity to expe­ri­ence. The orga­nizing com­mittee reviewed works of about 50 artists before selecting Anguilu.

North­eastern is an inno­v­a­tive, diverse, urban com­mu­nity,” said Pres­i­dent Joseph E. Aoun. “We love to use our campus as a canvas.”

Anguilu, a Houston res­i­dent, has painted murals in the U.S., Mexico, Peru, and Italy. Bree Edwards, director of Northeastern’s Center for the Arts, noted that Anguilu’s engaging per­son­ality, joy for his work, and use of vibrant colors were among the rea­sons he was selected. Last week, he inter­acted with onlookers and passersby, incor­po­rating the energy from those inter­ac­tions into the mural.

Anguilu said he likes the space’s large size because it allows him to use his entire body while working. “I really like the con­nec­tions between the actual bridge and the people,” Anguilu added. “I want to figure out a way to make this piece some­thing that will make people stop for a minute and con­tem­plate what is going on with them.”

Artist Daniel Anguilu began working on his mural on campus last week. Photo by Mariah Tauger.

Artist Daniel Anguilu began working on his mural on campus last week. Photo by Mariah Tauger.

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