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Holyoke, Beyond Walls Street Art Tour
June 25 - June 29
Beginning June 18, Six Large-Scale Installations Created by Renowned Artists Will Celebrate the City’s Rich History, Diversity, & Culture
Beyond Walls, one of the leading proponents of civic engagement and education through public art, in partnership with Nueva Esperanza, Inc. a community development and social services agency and pioneer in locally based programming, will honor Holyoke’s designation as a Puerto Rican Cultural District— as well as the city’s rich history and diversity— with the installation of five large-scale outdoor murals and one large-scale outdoor multimedia piece.
Holyoke is the first stop on Beyond Wall’s four-city 2022 Street Art Tour which includes the creation of 20 expansive murals over a four-month period. Throughout the summer, additional murals will be installed in Fall River, Lowell, and Lynn where Beyond Walls is based. To reinforce the initiative’s overarching goals and galvanize those who live, work, and visit each city, Beyond Walls has established new and expanded existing partnerships with nonprofit and educational organizations, municipal officials, businesses, the cultural communities unique to each location, and a corps of more than two dozen homegrown, regional, national, and international street artists.
Al Wilson, Founder and Executive Director, Beyond Wall
Cynthia Espinosa, Executive Director, Nueva Esperanza
WHEN: June 18-June 20 and June 25-June 29
Most of the work will take place during this time period, with artists in lifts and on ladders during the installations, painting on walls as tall as 100 feet high.
The Street Art Tour will take place in and around Holyoke’s Puerto Rican Cultural District/Main Street area, where Nueva Esperanza’s offices are located. The Beyond Walls satellite studio is located at 276 High Street near Holyoke’s City Hall where murals will also be installed.
- Don Rimx will create a three-story mural at 147 High Street
- David Zayas will create a mural at the Carriage House at 398 Main Street Street, in the Puerto Rican Cultural District
- Bordalo II will create a multimedia piece from recycled materials on a five-story building located at 44 Clemente Street
- Bikismo, Golden305, and Ange will create several murals at 387 Main Street
Installation of a Five-Story Sculpture Made from Recycled Plastics Begins on June 25th
The installation of five colorful, large-scale outdoor murals in Holyoke is well underway, with the creation of a five-story sculpture— made entirely from plastic trash collected throughout western Massachusetts— beginning on June 25th at 44 Clemente Street. The artist Artur Bordalo, known as BORDALO II, a native of Portugal, is recognized internationally for creating a series of Big Trash Animals to draw attention to excessive consumption, pollution and their long-term impact on our planet.
About Beyond Walls:
Based in Lynn, Massachusetts, Beyond Walls is a creative place-making nonprofit, dedicated to activating public spaces to strengthen communities. By partnering with local organizations, municipalities, residents, and property owners, Beyond Walls helps integrate public art and curated experiences into urban environments. In 2016, Founder and CEO Al Wilson—inspired by projects in Brooklyn, New York; Philadelphia, PA; and Kings Cross, London —saw Lynn’s rich history, architecture, and burgeoning arts and cultural district as the perfect landscape to test the creative economy. Together, with a group of local business owners, residents, and public art/place-making enthusiasts Wilson formed a robust volunteer committee and launched a grass-roots effort to implement four inaugural large scale public art initiatives in downtown Lynn, a post-industrial city located just 10 miles north of Boston. The first projects spearheaded by Beyond Walls included 16,000 square feet of interactive LED underpass lighting, the annual Street Art Festival, the installation of vintage neon art, and a sculpture paying homage to Lynn’s industrial past. Today, Beyond Walls, which has developed timely new programming, partnerships, and tools in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, is led by Wilson, and supported by a full-time staff with background in arts administration, city planning, and fundraising.