Detail from “Nieli’ka” mural by Mayor’s Mural Crew, 2013 on wall of Purple Cactus

JP Home to Four of Region’s Top 50 Pieces of Public Art

Several pieces of art familiar to anyone from JP made WBUR's list of the top 50 pieces of public art in Greater Boston. We won't spoil all the enjoyment, as scrolling through Greg Cook's well-reasoned list is half the fun. But we were happy to see Rafael Rivera García's epic mural of Taino mythology at No. 20. Click through for Cook's full fifty to find the four that are in JP.

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New ‘Welcome to Jackson Square’ Mural on Centre Street

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/

 

 

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Fight Over San Francisco Neighborhood’s Mural Has Lessons for JP

The resolution of a community-dividing dispute in a San Francisco neighborhood has lessons for JP, one sociologist told the crowd at the most recent JP Forum. Beth Roy, a longtime mediator in the Bay Area, gave a talk titled, “Mediating Gentrification: How One Community Created Unity Out Of Divisiveness.”

Roy shared how she helped mediate an eight-year dispute in her own changing neighborhood of Bernal Heights. The San Francisco neighborhood is similar to JP, with an "urban village" feel, according to the San Francisco Gate. In 1980 the community branch library created vibrant murals on its exterior walls. And 30 years later, the adored branch library was being renovated.

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Do You Know Where This Mural Is?

#wallart #streetart #bostonusa #boston #jp #jamaicaplain #mural #rooster #colors #bright #igboston #igersboston A photo posted by murcia73 (@murcia73) on Jan 19, 2015 at 5:06pm PST

The Photo of the Day for Friday presents a twist: Since I didn't know where this mural was, I bet a lot of you don't either. Without clicking through to the photographer's Instagram page (which has the answer), make your guesses below in the comments section. I'll add the answer this weekend. Each weekday we post an image from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News

Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr

Tag a picture on Instagram with #02130News

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Stepping Into the Mural

Boston Eliot Street Mural, December 2013. Credit: All rights reserved to fotosqrrl

Don't you love how the people on the sidewalk seem like they're part of this Eliot Street mural? Great street photography and composition by fotosqrrl, who shared this photo in the Jamaica Plain News Photo Pool on Flickr. Each weekday we post an image from around the neighborhood. If you have a photo that screams (or even whispers) "Jamaica Plain," here are four ways to nominate it as our "Photo of the Day":

Email me at chris@jamaicaplainnews

Tag a picture on Twitter with @02130News

Put your photo in the Jamaica Plain News photo pool on Flickr

Tag a picture on Instagram with #02130News

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