It’s not unusual for several artists to be working at the same time here in Modica Way – Cambridge’s “Graffiti Alley” – which is a legal wall where artists can paint at will. But rarely are there so many artists here all at once that the entire alley gets transformed from one end to the other all in one day. So how did this happen? Story below….
Filmmaker Olivia Huang has been working on a documentary film about street art. In a conversation about the history of the alley, when a similar incident to this that happened in the past was mentioned, she became particularly enamored of the idea of a “paint party” where a bunch of artists would all converge upon the alley at once, to completely cover it with fresh art from end to end all in one day. But what would it take to make this happen? Perhaps it could be arranged sometime over the course of the summer? Who knows? What would it take to get a dozen or more artists on board to be there all at once?
She got in touch with artist Merkaveli (the artist formerly known as Merk Those), who knows everybody, to run the idea by him. And just like that, less than 24 hours later, as if by magic, a large enough crew of artists were recruited and a firm date was set…. done deal.
Video of work in progress throughout the day, and complete walk-through of the alley when finished:
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SEE MORE OF THESE ARTIST’S WORK:
Auks Website https://auksonecom.wixsite.com/auksone and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/auks_one/
Luke Barosky https://www.instagram.com/lukabrattzi/
Located at 2 Union Square in Somerville, MA. This mural by Victor Quinonez (Marka27), titled “Rebirth”, is inspired by a Mayan mask that represents birth and death. Here are some work-in-progress photos going from mock-up drawing to completed wall mural.
See more of this artist’s work at Marka27.com and on Instagram @marka_27
Our sixth installment of walking tours of Modica Way, Cambridge’s “Graffiti Alley”. Art by HazardOne, Sobek, AUKS, and others unknown. Filmed on May 22, 2019. This alley changes day-by-day; *Subscribe* to the SEEN AROUND BOSTON YOUTUBE CHANNEL for frequent updates.
Local artists AUKS and Sobek and visiting artist HazardOne (from Bristol, UK) came to Phoenix Landing (Central Square, Cambridge) to touch up and augment the rooftop mural on a sunny spring day.
Filmmaker Olivia Huang was also present on this day, as she is currently working on a street art documentary film tentatively titled “The Modica Way”. Seen here with artist HazardOne. Visit her Modica Way documentary website at Above The Free Walls and her Facebook page Graffiti Alley Photography and Film.