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Northeastern’s newest public art is a vibrant passageway to campus

Local artist Silvia López Chavez has painted a 5,000-square-foot mural on the MBTA wall outside Ruggles Station, turning a nondescript space into a vibrant passageway to and from campus. The focal point is a pair of hands holding a paper crane, a reference to the ancient Japanese legend promising eternal happiness to anyone who folds 1,000 such origami models. Her mural is the latest piece in President Joseph E. Aoun’s Public Art Initiative, which provides a platform for artists to brighten the campus with their creativity.

Photos by Matthew Modoono and Adam Glanzman

“I think Boston could use more public art and I love that Northeastern is supporting that mission,” says Silvia López Chavez.
Silvia López Chavez works on her mural. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University
López Chavez and her husband, Dominic Chavez, a photojournalist, work on the mural. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University
Photos by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
President Aoun meets with López Chavez to discuss the mural. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University
Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
The focal point of the mural is a pair of hands holding a paper crane, a reference to the ancient Japanese legend promising eternal happiness to anyone who folds 1,000 such origami models. Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University
Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University
Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University
“I wanted to capture this idea of migration and making a journey,” says López Chavez. “It’s never a straight line—it’s always up and down.” Photo by Adam Glanzman/Northeastern University