Marty Walsh calls on local artists for North Square public art project

A digital rendering of North Square.

If you’re an artist who wants to leave a mark on Boston’s historic North End, this may be your chance.

Local artists are invited to submit their proposals for a public art project in the North End’s North Square, Marty Walsh announced in a statement Monday.

The public space will be incorporated into the upcoming reconstruction of the square in 2017.

“Boston Creates, the City of Boston’s Cultural Plan, calls for public art that embraces a neighborhood’s identity and adds to a strong sense of place,” Walsh said. “Incorporating art into public works projects like this helps to showcase the incredible creativity that exists in our city.”


The mayor’s office said that all professional artists or teams with public art experience are eligible to apply. Professionals from the North End neighborhood are encouraged to submit their ideas for the project, which is expected to be completed in the summer of 2017.

One of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods, the North End is a popular tourist destination for its historical significance and Italian American culture, according to the mayor’s office. Applicants for the public art project should balance modern life with historical references, an essential aspect of the site.

The completed revitalization project of the North Square will transform it into a “livable, walkable, green and sustainable” space, the mayor’s office said. Proposals should reflect this, incorporating open spaces, community activities, and nautical or navigational imagery, according to the statement.

Applicants can participate in a site walkthrough on December 5 at 3 p.m., according to the statement. The deadline for proposals in Jan. 4 at 5 p.m.

One artist will be chosen by a selection committee in February for the $200,000 project, according to the mayor’s office.

For more information or to apply, you can visit the City of Boston Supplier Portal.

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