Photography by: Creative Collective

Black Madonna

Watch a video about the creation of this mural

VISE 1 and Julz Roth, Black Madonna, 2017. Acrylic and latex on wall, 54 x 26 ft. Public art. ©VISE 1 and Julz Roth. All rights reserved.

Fun fact: This mural includes an augmented reality aspect to it. Created using Layar (now Blippar), the subject comes off the wall, looks at you and winks. The lines in the painting behind her come out from the wall and extend past her in this virtual reality.

Cedric “Vise 1” Douglass and Julz Roth

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The Heart + Soul installation is a retrospective of some of the many murals and pieces of art created by artists in collaboration with Beyond Walls. In the fall of 2020, Beyond Walls presented the street art festival Truth Be Told in Lynn, Massachusetts. The artwork featured in the Truth Be Told festival was born of the COVID-19 pandemic and explores the idiosyncrasies of the times. Heart + Soul is a collection of photographs and digital art examining the interplay between community and art. The subjects and symbols within the works reflect the resilience of the diverse people where they reside. As the photographs celebrate the community, Heart + Soul aims to create space that not only reflects the vibrant diversity of the staff and patient community, but celebrates them.

This collection is the result of generous donations from Mass General Imaging and the MGH Office of Equity and Community Health.

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