Cambridge's Street Art Story

by Quinn Madden

Getting to know a 34 year old mural...

Here is a description of murals in Cambridge made by Daniel Galvez in collaboration with Jeffrey Dunn.

Cambridge is riddled with colorful art new and old. Murals by David Galvez date back nearly 34 years and the technicolor tags in Graffiti Alley are changing constantly. Older murals like Crossroads, located on 48 Pearl Street, capture the diverse population of actual Cambridge inhabitants. Each face has a story behind it. These images strengthen the camaraderie in Cambridge's tight knit artsy community. 

David Fichter's mural The Potluck, featuring faces you could see walking around Cambridge. Fichter sought help from local teenagers cementing the neighborhood feel in such a homey work of art. 

David Fichter's mural The Potluck, featuring faces you could see walking around Cambridge. Fichter sought help from local teenagers cementing the neighborhood feel in such a homey work of art. 

Besides Fichter's work, there are many other cases of the community having a direct influence on Cambridge's murals. In contemporary artist Shilo Suleman's work, Belonging, he collaborated with Students from the NuVu Studio. 

Construction workers maintain a sewer in front of Suleman's inclusive mural on a hot April day. 

Construction workers maintain a sewer in front of Suleman's inclusive mural on a hot April day. 

While these murals prevail throughout time, Cambridge's famous Monica Alley, otherwise known as Graffiti Alley is constantly changing. Not only are the walls of this alley riddled with artists tags but this alley contains images and messages with political purpose. 

Activist groups post their organization's flyers, knowing the alley will have like minded passerbys. 

Activist groups post their organization's flyers, knowing the alley will have like minded passerbys. 

As soon as you entered the alley on April 14th you were greeted by this bold statement. Street artists are using their talents and agency to spread awareness and possibly change minds. 

As soon as you entered the alley on April 14th you were greeted by this bold statement. Street artists are using their talents and agency to spread awareness and possibly change minds. 

Another example of extremely provocative political message added to the wall with spray paint. 

Another example of extremely provocative political message added to the wall with spray paint. 

Just outside the Alley on the walls of Boa Nation is a frenzie of tags and overlapping graffiti, but again in electric blue a square of painted bricks holds so much meaning. Artists in Cambridge are using their talents to make people think. 

Just outside the Alley on the walls of Boa Nation is a frenzie of tags and overlapping graffiti, but again in electric blue a square of painted bricks holds so much meaning. Artists in Cambridge are using their talents to make people think. 

The graffiti is constantly changing, but soon enough so will one long standing mural located on the wall of the Middle East Nightclub.

The current state of Middle East by Daniel Galvez. 

The current state of Middle East by Daniel Galvez. 

If you look closely..

If you look closely..

Cambridge is thick with close knit neighborhood feel and extremely woke upcoming artists. With it's roots still marking the bricks with original murals and ever changing graffiti marking others, Cambridge's street art story is nowhere near over.