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New ‘Welcome to Jackson Square’ Mural on Centre Street

Last updated on September 1, 2015

The Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation  thought that Jackson Square needed something more inviting than a brick MBTA building wall for people to look at when coming out of Jackson Square station.

The MBTA agreed and the NDC  asked JP artist Alex Cook to design a mural on the 60 foot brick wall of the MBTA’s Engineering and Maintenance of Way Facility on Centre and Lamartine Streets.  After the NDC held a series of brainstorming meetings with Bromley Heath residents and other neighbors,Alex came up with a design.

He and and his assistant prepared the wall Thursday and drew the cartoon Friday

On Saturday over 25 volunteers under Alex’s watchful eye painted the mural and most of it was completed by days end. The Jamaica Plain News dropped by Saturday afternoon to watch the work/

The mural takes shape.
The mural takes shape.
Artist Alex Cook wove the welcoming message into a collage of urban images
Artist Alex Cook wove the welcoming message into a collage of urban images
Pablo Pena of Estrella St paints the Lamartine Street end of the mural
Pablo Pena of Estrella St paints the Lamartine Street end of the mural
Audrey Chu of Estrella St  on the ladder did not let a sprained knee get in the way of her creativity. Jeremy Harrison of Dorchester is on the shorter ladder
Audrey Chu of Estrella St .on the stepladder. did not let a sprained knee get in the way of her creativity. Jeremy Harrison of Dorchester is on the shorter ladder

 

Rick Baxter of Seaver Street paints the "welcome " Alex Cook  ( r) supervises another artist/
Rick Baxter of Seaver Street paints the ” Jackson”. Artist  Alex Cook ( r) supervises another artist/
Artist Alex Cook looks at the work in progress.
Artist Alex Cook looks at the work in progress.
Jeremy Harrison  advises his 6 y/o son Nehemiah on how to apply the colors
Jeremy Harrison advises his 6 y/o son Nehemiah on how to apply the colors
Luis Cotto on the step ladder
Egleston Sq Main Streets Director Luis Cotto on the top step ladder ,Leanne Mercadanate Pablo Pena, Jessamin Yu and Audrey Chu
JPNDC Director of Real Estate and Egleston Square resident Leslie Bos helped coordinate the project
JPNDC Director of Real Estate and Egleston Square resident Leslie Bos helped coordinate the project

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