This past Saturday marked the Beyond Walls Block party in Lynn, an event that came at the end of a week filled with 20 artists from area locals to Montreal, Australia, and beyond painting masterpieces on the neglected sides of buildings across the Central Square area of the city. During the week, residents and visitors alike toured the downtown to watch these artists from around the world create their masterpieces. I spent Friday afternoon walking around downtown Lynn in awe of not only the artwork, but the energy and excitement this event brought that was painted not only on the walls but on every onlookers face as they watched the magic happen. “This is just amazing” was the awed reaction a gentleman had as we stood together watching Victor “Marka” Quinonez paint his 6-year old daughter on the side of a 50-foot high canvas. The man told me he came to Lynn from the Philippines decades earlier, and when he told some local family where he was living their response was less than positive. He said he had been out every day during the mural festival checking out the progress and couldn’t wait to show off the new artwork to his family the next time they visit.
Starting a dialogue on the future of urban living in Boston and beyond.