MURAL: Alaa Awad
Route 2 Overpass, Center Street between Marshall & Holden Streets
“Justice” : Alaa Awad is an Egyptian painter and muralist who engages ancient Egyptian motifs to describe contemporary political and social realities. His work is colorful, readable and often tells a story. While of Egyptian origin, Awad’s characters tell very human stories about the struggle for social injustice, accountability and balance.
MURAL: Corwin Levi
Route 2 Overpass, St. Anthony’s Parking Lot, facing MASS MoCA
“Circumnavigate Through” : “The void is a personal space to each of us where our creativity and power exists and from which we can see, in moment, the wonders of which we are capable.”
An award winning muralist, Corwin Levi is a multi-media artist working in video, sculpture and painting.
INSTALLATION: Jarvis Rockwell
concourse at 85 Main Street
Jarvis Rockwell is the son of famed illustrator Norman Rockwell and is a local North Adams resident. He began collecting action figures in 1979 and since then his collection has grown by hundreds- and sometimes thousands- of pieces per year. After a decade of collecting, Rockwell began to create small groupings, articulating the relationships he saw between figures and arranging his tableaux in Plexiglas boxes.
“Wall Drawings” include miniature toy figures as well as hand drawn illustrations. Rockwell uses miniature figurines as “smaller distortions” of human beings. He juxtaposes three-dimensional sculptures with two-dimensional drawings to create a realm that is in-between reality and fantasy – his interpretation of a transitional between life and death.
He explained, “Death is the sloughing off of the three dimensional.” Rockwell hopes to provoke his viewers to question the place where our souls go after death.
Mural Series: Peter Dudek
10 images throughout the town of North Adams
An ongoing series of architectural cartoons by Peter Dudek in which different forms of housing represent a world where buildings not only have a consciousness but also the desire and ability to perpetuate.
MURAL: Maya Huyak
Side of Juvenile Court on Center Street (facing Route 2)
Large, colorful, completely improvised, totally optimistic abstract mural by Maya Huyak.
MURAL: Melissa Matsuki Lillie
Holden Street Corner and Main Street
“That’s Gneiss,” – An abstract colorful interpretation of the geologic makeup of Main Street and its buildings created by berkshire artist, Melissa Matsuki Lillie.
MURAL: Muralismo Publico
Back of Mohawk Theater
Marta Gil and Estibaliz Vera from Vitoria, Spain are part of a cooperative of mural artists that contributed in naming their city the “painted city”. With this optimistic mural about change, they created the first of DownStreet Art’s murals in June, 2012.
MURAL: Paint It Big! Paint It Public!
Main St. Alley between Shear Madness Salon and Eagle St. Music
A teen mural workshop led by artist Andrew Davis as a program of The Clark. Students create a mural based on Albrecht Dürer’s sixteenth century woodcut, The Rhinoceros.
Public Art: Primary Separation
Across from MASS MoCA
On view 24 hours
MASS MoCA commissioned work by artist Don Gummer in the plaza outside the T. William Lewis Building on Marshall St. The work, entitled Primary Separation, was first designed by Gummer in 1969, and existed only in maquette form until the installation: this is its first full-scale realization.
MURAL: ART ABOUT TOWN, Pillars
Underpass Route 2 on Marshall Street
Art About Town is an artist- and citizen-based organization that builds community through public art projects. The mural project is located on the pillars under the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Marshall Street.
Art teacher Christina King along with 9 students from Greylock Elementary School who participated in CAMP -“community art mural project” an after school program brought this project to life.
Interested in the history of North Adams and it’s creative past, images were chosen from the cut and stitch cloth dolls that were printed by Arnold Printworks in the late 1890’s through 1910. Arnold Printworks (1862-1945) was located on the present day site of MASS MoCA and by 1905 was one of the leading producers of printed textiles.
MURAL: Matt McWhirt
Eagle St. Alley Way between Desperados and The Party Place
A Scenic interpretation of the Berkshire landscape.
Public Art: Bus Stand
Permanent Installation on Main Street by Victoria Palermo, which combines the functional with the aesthetic. According to a BRTA patron: “commuters are truly blessed to enjoy such beauty. Thanks to all who made this artful bus stop a reality”. The installation is made possible thanks to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA.
2015 Temporary Public Art:
INSTALLATION: Meg Erlewine & Jade Hoyer
Main Street Alley next to Eagle St. Music
This temporary installation will be on view through September 24. Day and Night, a temporary public art piece, aims to visually and physically re-activate North Adams’ vacant spaces. Imagery depicting active urban spaces features glow-in-the-dark inks and is attached with wheat paste onto empty buildings. Day and Night will invigorate North Adam’s empty spaces at all hours. Jade Hoyer a printmaking artist and Meg Erlewine a graphic designer are both current Tennessee residents. Day and Night is a collaborative project that speaks to the activating potential of art and the resiliency of the North Adams community.
INSTALLATION: Michelle Daly
32-34 Eagle Street
ReVision by Michelle Daly
“ReVision,” a participatory public art project will be unveiled on June 25, and remain open throughout the 2015 DownStreet Art season. Revision will invite residents and visitors to share their vision of a future North Adams through a chalkboard and visual art installation. Responses will be documented throughout the summer, shared via social media, and presented to the City of North Adams at the closing celebration on September 25, 2015.
INSTALLATION: Pete Cormier
Hoosac Park at the corner of Main and Ashland Streets
Liminal Chimes. Cormier’s installation celebrates the liminal space that exists between art and nature, between fantasy and reality, and between the responsibilities of our daily live and the lure of a life on the trail.
INSTALLATION: Michael Chapman
109 Main Street
“FGBS” : Michael Chapman describes “A vignette wherein Taxidermy the Taxidermist has been spending countless hours at the Freeman’s Grove Benevolent Society, slaving away on his greatest masterpiece — Cari Boo! With only his rug Bear Fleur as a companion, Taxidermy may be going insane. He is preparing for his biggest reveal yet… as the masses descend upon North Adams from far and wide, they will remember nothing other than the majesty of Cari Boo”.