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The Esplanade association is looking for up to four artists to design and install murals in this busy green space.

A cyclist passes the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade in Boston. Craig F. Walker / Globe Staff

When it comes to public art, you couldn’t be more visible: Artists from Boston and beyond now have the chance to see their work adorn the electrical boxes along the Charles River plaza.

The Esplanade association is looking for up to four artists to design and install murals on electrical boxes – with particular emphasis on artists “from groups whose contributions and achievements have always been under-represented in the park. “.

The Esplanade Association (EA) is a privately funded, non-profit organization that strives to preserve the natural beauty of the Charles River Esplanade, preserve natural green spaces, and create a community of parks in offering educational, cultural and recreational programs to the public, according to their website.

The association is partnering with the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and Volunteers Incorporating Black Excellence (VIBE) for this project.

The murals themselves will showcase the walls of four electrical boxes that measure and regulate power consumption throughout the park; they are expected to remain exposed for up to three years.

Wall designs can reference any art movement, but should draw inspiration from elements of the park itself, according to the association.

“When completed, these murals and their cheerful colors will enhance the Esplanade experience for millions of annual visitors,” said Alison McRae, Director of Projects and Planning at EA. “We can’t wait to see what our local artists have in mind for the Charles River Esplanade! ”

Prospective muralists and painters can find more at esplanade.org/rfp and must submit their Expression of Interest form by January 21 to be considered.

“Through our Fenway Community Benefits grant from the Boston Planning & Development Agency, winning artists will receive up to $ 200 in paint and materials, and a stipend of $ 500 for their time and contributions,” said McRae.

Artists interested in participating in this project can send their expression of artistic interest to Rachel Surette, operations coordinator of the Esplanade Association, at [email protected] before January 21, 2022.



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