Introducing Three New Murals Along the Esplanade

The Esplanade Association and the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) are thrilled to announce the completion of THREE new art murals along the Esplanade!

RAIN RIVER BY SOLEI
LOCATED BETWEEN THE B.U. FOOTBRIDGE & THE SILBER STREET FOOTBRIDGE
The main design element featured in Rain River is the Face Chain, a recurring motif in Solei’s work.

The Face Chain is a visual representation of the interconnectedness of our human identities, reminding us that we all use each other to create who we are. With Rain River, Solei has merged this message with the Esplanade’s natural harmony of earth, river, and sky.

Solei is inspired by the idea that the pumphouses represent the connection between the city and the river, balancing these entities as we do each other – individually, interpersonally, and as a community.

HABITATION BY SOPHY TUTTLE
LOCATED BETWEEN THE SILBER FOOTBRIDGE & THE HARVARD BRIDGE

Habitation highlights several species which share with us the land we call Boston, including the belted kingfisher, red maple, double-breasted cormorant, and monarch butterfly. These plants and animals are part of the overall experience of the Esplanade, and often bring a little spark of joy when they choose to interact with human visitors.

Sophy Tuttle chose to showcase local flora and fauna because they breathe life into the park – both literally and emotionally. The colorful circles symbolize how our lives overlap in this special place and visualize the interconnectedness of all forms of life along the Esplanade.

UNTITLED BY ANN LEWIS
LOCATED ADJACENT TO FAIRFIELD STREET
This mural invites visitors to contemplate our planet’s most abundant – and most precious – resource, and the systems put in place to coordinate access to it. It is said that our bodies are nearly 70% water. This fact only reinforces what humans have intrinsically known since the dawn of our time: that the health of our waterways is directly connected to the health of our communities.

This work evokes an interconnected abstract dialog of our increasingly complex relationship to water and explores the natural flow and aquamarine hues of this life-giving resource.