The repainting of the Greenway Wall in Dewey Square Park began Oct. 7 on the park’s air intake building
The mural represents the American debut of artist Mehdi Ghadyanloo, 35, known internationally for his surrealist city-scale murals in London and his native Tehran. The piece, “Spaces Of Hope,” will be completed in the next few weeks.
“My work is in the public, so I try to give people positive energy,” Ghadyanloo said. “People are forced to see my painting on this wall, they are not stepping into a gallery.”
Ghadyanloo worked as a farmer in Kiraj before moving to Tehran to study painting at the University of Tehran. After graduation in 2004, Ghadyanloo answered an open call from the Municipality of Tehran’s Beautification Bureau to promote public art in the city. Ghadyanloo submitted 10 proposals for murals and painted them all. He went on to paint more than 100 gigantic murals throughout Tehran between 2004 and 2011 depicting scenes of people and places in utopian settings evocative of happy conditions.
“I see the interactions between people and realize they need hope to get out of bad conditions,” Ghadyanloo said. “That’s why you see many gates in my paintings.”
Ghadyanloo has enjoyed exploring Boston with his family, with excursions to Chinatown such as dim sum at Hei La Moon. He is designing a painting for Boston’s City Hall, which will continue his theme of “Spaces Of Hope.”
The fifth Greenway Wall mural is the first commissioned solely by the Greenway Conservancy. Approximately 30 gallons of the highest-grade, classic acrylic paints are hand-mixed by Ghadyanloo to create the 70’ x 76’ artwork.
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