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Russell J. Call Children’s Center
Fencourt Rd.
Boston, MA 02115

Nate Swain

Northeastern Hidden Worlds
Spring  2017

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.”  

—Nate Swain