Public space ideas awarded

Egleston Square will be getting a touch up on paint with the new street mural at the intersection of Boylston Street and Egleston Street, according to a press release.

The proposed project was announced as a winner of the City’s second Public Space Invitational, a civic design competition that challenged applicants to conceptualize projects that have the potential to reimagine and enhance public spaces in Boston. Seven winning projects were selected based on their creative use of public space that also upgrades the functionality of public space.

The project, Egleston #StreetMurals #MuralesEnLaCalle, is proposed by Luis Cotto, Dorothy Fennell, and Sydney Hardin and will be community-designed. It will involve painting the street with an inclusive public art process to transform the roadway into a low-speed corridor and beautify the space.

“Public spaces define life in the city, and these ideas bring to life the Boston that is bold, experimental, and empowered to try new things,” said Mayor Martin Walsh, according to the press release. “I thank every person who submitted a proposal to this unique competition, and congratulate the winners who are taking the reins of civic innovation and driving us forward as an innovative and thriving city.”

The competition was launched in February by the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics in partnership with the Boston Art Commission and the City’s Streets cabinet.

In addition to the project in Egleston Square, there will also be six other projects around Boston, including: a light installation in Roxbury; a pedestrian and bicycle friendly neighborway in Allston; a “larger-than-life” public radio in an undetermined City park; an orchestra’s soundscape and light display in an undetermined location; and improvements on various bus stations in Mattapan.

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