Lowell Street Underpass

Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass
Lowell Street Underpass

"Windows to an Underground World"

Student Art Statement 



This project started when Miss Tova came in October to ask us if we were interested in working on a mural. We said yes! Then she came in January and we started drawing and looked at books of art to start to learn about art. Before we started our mural we learned about what murals are. We went on a tour of Cambridge and Somerville and visited murals so we could see what murals looked like and get ideas about different styles. To start we had to get an idea. We brainstormed underground life. We thought about what was underground and researched on the computers and made drawings. We designed the mural on poster boards and then chose colors before we even started painting.

We went to the tunnel and the first thing we noticed was that it was dirty. We were excited to make it brighter in there. It was scary and dark. The boys started priming. We had to take a tape measure to make sure it was the right size like the plan and then drew the shape with chalk. Then we filled it in with white prime. When we finished priming a lot of white shapes, then some people thought the tunnel looked like a brown cow with white spots. Some people thought it looked like a river and some thought it looked like a big snake.

Miss Tova used chalk to transfer our original drawings on the wall, but much bigger. Then another group came and started filling it in with color. Each week or couple of weeks we would walk to the tunnel with Mrs. Sweeney and work on part of the mural. We missed times and had to reschedule about 8 times because of the snow or rain or cold.

Everyone had a favorite part of the mural project. Christiana liked painting with Mrs. Sweeney. Richard liked the priming. Renee liked thinking of ideas. Ralph liked the pictures we drew and learning how to paint with the tape trick. Valdir liked the snake. Jessica liked working on Mario. Nick liked working on the construction man. Christie liked seeing her design of the genie on the wall. Ryan liked painting the white spots. Bianca liked painting the pictures on the wall, and Vicki liked painting the bright background colors.

We think it was important to paint this mural so people can walk through the tunnel and not be scared. Also we are helping the community by giving them more art to look at. People will enjoy looking at the pictures. Everyone who walked by when we were painting said "good job" and "nice work" and it made us feel good.
In the end we all tried to figure out a name for the mural and decided on "Windows to an Underground World." Now that we're finished we want to protect our mural to keep it looking nice and to be able to bring our children to see it one day. The PTA at the John F. Kennedy School agreed to donate money for us to get anti-graffiti coating. We are excited to preserve our mural forever.
The mural was funded in part by a grant from the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council as an education grant, and supported by Mayor Joe Curtatone.

 

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