Path to thinking of Kendall as an arts district gets new landmark Thursday: Mural by O’Day
A fantastical landscape by muralist Adam O’Day gets an unveiling Thursday in Canal District Kendall, bright camouflage for a vent shaft cover outside the Evoo restaurant.
BioMed Realty, owner of the 10-acre area, is working to enliven an area most associated with the tech industry: providing space for the CultureHouse activity popup through October; hosting dance in unexpected spaces; and exploring arts uses for the the so-called Parcel C, which for nearly two decades was expected to be turned into a grand performance hall called the Constellation Center. (A second open house to gather ideas about arts and culture at Parcel C is set tentatively for Oct. 7.) BioMed has also made a commitment to small, local retailers on its property, and rents to no chain shops or eateries.
“We’ve been hard at work to bring our vision of the Canal District Kendall to life and are excited to unveil this beautiful mural as part of that effort,” said Andrea Windhausen, community manager at BioMed.
O’Day, of Abington – winner of Boston’s “Portrait of a City” competition in 2014 – has been painting the three-story work for weeks, using ladders and even industrial scissor lifts to reach the upper parts of the vent shaft.
Steve Kurland, owner of Evoo, has been able to watch it come together day by day.
“Adam is an incredible artist, and it’s been amazing to watch him work on this mural,” Kurland said. “It’s been almost impossible to walk by the mural without stopping to watch him paint. Each time you walk by you’re able to find something new. The level of detail is incredible.”
The public is invited to the unveiling scheduled for 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in front of Evoo, near 5 Broad Canal Way, in the Canal District Kendall, Kendall Square.