Abandoned building in Boston redesigned into a site-specific art installation


An abandoned building in Allston, Boston has been transformed into an engaging art facility by two Baltimore-based artists, revealing the power of art in urban intervention.


The Jessie + Katey duo, formed by Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn, created the mural as part of a Harvard-based initiative called Zone 3. The initiative aims to activate and energize the buildings along Western Avenue, Which includes an old dry cleaning garage facilities and bodywork, implementing creative programs, events and stores.


Jessie + Katey are known for creating large-scale public murals that aim to engage the public in their socially active art. The fa├žade of the entire building is painted with bright colors and sweeping patterns that bend around the edges, as well as recycled materials like beer cans and bottle stoppers attached to the walls. The pair also organized community events where the public was invited to create their own screen prints, which were eventually inscribed on the walls. It took them nearly a month to complete the mural, which explores the themes of movement and symmetry.



Both artists create colorful murals since 2011 and made an impression on the east coast. Two years ago they were selected for the 191st Tunnel Embellishment Project of the New York Department of Transportation, and in the same year they worked with the Philadelphia Moral Arts Program to create the local park Pop-up of 400 feet long: "Summer Kaleidoscope". This, Unterhalter and Truhn have residences with The Albright Knox Museum in Buffalo, New York, The Farnsworth Museum in Rockland, Maine and the John Micheal Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.