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 Center for the Arts in the Col­lege of Arts, Media, and Design, 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.

Viewers may note that much of the imagery within the mural ref­er­ences One Hun­dred Years of Soli­tude, by the renowned Colom­bian author Gabriel García Márquez, who died on April 17, just days before Anguilu arrived on campus. “That book is really pow­erful,” said Anguilu of García Márquez’s most famous work. Anguilu spent time rereading por­tions of the book during his stay, and his hope is that the mural will inspire others to read and learn from it, as well.

Artist Daniel Anguilu's 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.