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Artist Profile: Lena McCarthy

In 2022, the City of Chelsea commissioned a group of artists to create murals across the city.

Lena McCarthy was selected to create a design for Second Street under the Route One viaduct.

Lena McCarthy's designs celebrate the natural world. She says, “My vision in creating public art is to be a vehicle for pause, to create a space for people to feel their own softness and heartbeat, and ultimately inspire more connection and joy in the public space."

Her mural under the Route 1 serves as a landmark on a key gateway into the downtown. Her design speaks to local efforts to address excess heat in an abstracted, allegorical form.


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