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.”