Public Art

Since 2012 DownStreet Art has commissioned several permanent and temporary public artworks to brighten our downtown. As storefronts started to fill with new business, our mission expanded to make all of downtown North Adams a work of art. Many of the largest works have been commissioned by DownStreet Art and join works created or commissioned by MASS MoCA, The Clark Art Institute, and Art About Town. Murals are on view 24/7 year round.

MURAL: Muralismo Publico

DownStreet Art 2012

Location: Back of Mohawk Theater, facing Big Y

Marta Gil and Estibaliz Vera of cooperative Moralism Publico based in Vitoria, Spain contributed this optimistic mural about change, as the   first of DownStreet Art’s murals in June, 2012.

MURAL: Alaa Awad

DownStreet Art 2014

Location: Route 2 Overpass, Center Street between Marshall & Holden Streets

“Justice” : Alaa Awad is an Egyptian painter and muralist who engages ancient Egyptian motifs to describe contemporary political and social realities. His work is colorful, readable and often tells a story. While of Egyptian origin, Awad’s characters tell very human stories about the struggle for social injustice, accountability and balance.

MURAL: Corwin Levi

DownStreet Art 2014

Location: Route 2 Overpass, St. Anthony’s Parking Lot, facing MASS MoCA

“Circumnavigate Through” : “The void is a personal space to each of us where our creativity and power exists and from which we can see, in moment, the wonders of which we are capable.”

An award winning muralist, Corwin Levi is a multi-media artist working in video, sculpture and painting.

MURAL: Maya Huyak

DownStreet Art 2012

Location: Side of Juvenile Court on Center Street (facing Route 2)

Large, colorful, completely improvised, totally optimistic abstract mural by Maya Huyak.

                             

MURAL: Melissa Matsuki Lillie

DownStreet Art 2012

Location: Holden Street Corner and Main Street

That’s Gneiss,” – An abstract colorful interpretation of the geologic makeup of Main Street and its buildings created by berkshire artist, Melissa Matsuki Lillie.

INSTALLATION: Jarvis Rockwell

DownStreet Art 2014

Location: concourse at 85 Main Street

Jarvis Rockwell is the son of famed illustrator Norman Rockwell and is a local North Adams resident. He began collecting action figures in 1979 and since then his collection has grown by hundreds- and sometimes thousands- of pieces per year. After a decade of collecting, Rockwell began to create small groupings, articulating the relationships he saw between figures and arranging his tableaux in Plexiglas boxes.

“Wall Drawings” include miniature toy figures as well as hand drawn illustrations. Rockwell uses miniature figurines as “smaller distortions” of human beings. He juxtaposes three-dimensional sculptures with two-dimensional drawings to create a realm that is in-between reality and fantasy – his interpretation of a transitional between life and death.

He explained, “Death is the sloughing off of the three dimensional.” Rockwell hopes to provoke his viewers to question the place where our souls go after death.

Mural Series: Peter Dudek

DownStreet Art 2013

Location: 10 images throughout the town of North Adams (it’s up to you to find them!)

An ongoing series of architectural cartoons by Peter Dudek in which different forms of housing represent a world where buildings not only have a consciousness but also the desire and ability to perpetuate.

MURAL: Paint It Big! Paint It Public!

DownStreet Art 2013

         

Location: Main St. Alley between Shear Madness Salon and Eagle St. Music

A teen mural workshop led by artist Andrew Davis as a program of The Clark. Students create a mural based on Albrecht Dürer’s sixteenth century woodcut, The Rhinoceros.

Public Art: Primary Separation

Installed 2006

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Location: Across from MASS MoCA

MASS MoCA commissioned work by artist Don Gummer in the plaza outside the T. William Lewis Building on Marshall St. The work, entitled Primary Separation, was first designed by Gummer in 1969, and existed only in maquette form until the installation: this is its first full-scale realization.

MURAL: ART ABOUT TOWN, Pillars

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Location: Underpass Route 2 on Marshall Street, right across from MASS MoCA

Art About Town is an artist- and citizen-based organization that builds community through public art projects.  The mural project is located on the pillars under the Veterans Memorial Bridge on Marshall Street.

Art teacher Christina King along with 9 students from Greylock Elementary School who participated in CAMP -“community art mural project” an after school program brought this project to life.

Interested in the history of North Adams and it’s creative past, images were chosen from the cut and stitch cloth dolls that were printed by Arnold Printworks in the late 1890’s through 1910. Arnold Printworks (1862-1945) was located on the present day site of MASS MoCA and by 1905 was one of the leading producers of printed textiles.

MURAL: Matt McWhirt

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Location: Eagle St. Alley Way between Desperados and The Party Place

A Scenic interpretation of the Berkshire landscape.

Public Art: Bus Stand

Installed 2012

Location: Main Street

Permanent Installation on Main Street by Victoria Palermo, which combines the functional with the aestheticAccording to a BRTA patron: “commuters are truly blessed to enjoy such beauty. Thanks to all who made this artful bus stop a reality”. The installation is made possible thanks to Kidspace @ MASS MoCA.