These days, Northeastern University is welcoming back more than just students to campus. As part of a new “public arts initiative,” the school will be transforming portions of its buildings, walls, and interior and exterior open spaces into makeshift canvases for rotating art installations created by students, faculty, and artists from around the world.
To start off the new program, which will enrich the lives of people on campus as they come across commissioned works scattered throughout Northeastern’s property, the school recently hosted artist-in-residence Daniel Anguilu, a Houston-based muralist with a penchant for street paintings made of thick black lines and colorful swirls.
In May, Anguilu finished up a massive mural that’s plastered on the tri-level pedestrian bridge and retaining wall that leads to the MBTA’s Ruggles Station, located beside Northeastern’s Curry Student Center. When students return to Northeastern this month, many of them will see it for the first time, turning their drab walk to class into a more visually appealing experience.