This program is supported in part by a grant from the Boston Cultural Council and administered by the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture.

Patterned Behavior Art Mural

The Esplanade Association is proud to present “Patterned Behavior,” a bold new temporary mural by artist Silvia Lopez Chavez. The concept for this mural takes inspiration from the Esplanade’s immediate environment, and the many ways this space is enjoyed and used day-to-day. “Patterned Behavior” was the first mural commissioned by the Esplanade Association and was curated and produced by Now + There. This project was privately funded through money raised by the Esplanade Association.

About the Mural

With the help of curator, Now + There, and local artist Silvia Lopez Chavez, this first-ever professional mural in the Park echoes the beauty, diversity, and energy of the Esplanade and life along the Charles River. In addition, it:

  • Enlivens an unwelcoming area of concrete and asphalt
  • Reduces graffiti in a vulnerable area
  • Provides a vibrant connection and context between the area, its many users and uses
  • Highlights the need for safer pathways at “pinch points” like this

The mural’s conceptual design was vetted by major stakeholders, including the Landmarks Commission, the Boston Art Commission, community organizations, and neighbors.  It was completed in September 2017 and is intended to remain in place for a year, with the possibility of extension. The mural is titled Patterned Behavior and was designed by Sylvia Lopez Chavez, an award-winning artist who has worked in the Boston area for over 15 years. It reflects the relationships and patterns created by human interaction with the space and the busy intersection of water, land, and sky. The mural is a joyful and contemporary piece reflecting how the park has grown and changed since its dedication over 100 years ago.

The mural is actually a set of images that cover support walls and pillars on the Bowker Overpass which connects the Charlesgate area to Storrow Drive. The elements grow as you approach the overpass – starting simply on the pillars and growing in depth, detail, and vibrancy to full coverage on the underpass wall facing the river. Bright colors and bold graphics represent the energy of the Esplanade – a celebration of the Park and all the ways it serves residents and visitors of Boston.

Press Coverage

Another Mural Pops Up In Boston — This One Painted Almost Entirely By Women“: WBUR
The Esplanade gets its first mural“: Boston Globe
“Colorful Mural Comes to the Charles River Esplanade”: Beacon Hill Times
The Esplanade is Getting a Fancy New Mural“: Boston Magazine
Charles River Esplanade’s first commissioned artwork: Patterned Behavior“: Boston Curbed
New Mural along Charles River will help revitalize Esplanade“: Metro Boston
Colorful, Dynamic Mural Comes to the Charles River Esplanade“: Back Bay Sun

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All photos used on this page are provided courtesy of Pam Steel.