Russell J. Call Children’s Center
Boston, MA 02115
Northeastern Hidden Worlds
Nate Swain, a multidisciplinary artist based in Boston, often creates ephemeral, guerilla-style street art. He focuses on transforming public spaces in unexpected ways.
Swain, a self-taught artist trained in landscape architecture, also wants to inspire children to paint giant murals, which is why his work at Northeastern’s Russell J. Call Children’s Center—the university’s on-campus preschool in Boston—is particularly fitting. He turned a concrete retaining wall at the Children’s Center playground into a series of nature scenes that include a forest, mountains, and a house with a stream running under a bridge. He describes the mural as “an arcade of hidden worlds to inspire curiosity and wonder.”
“There are blank walls everywhere and we must cover them with images that help people escape to someplace wonderful and make people smile.”