Los Angeles-based artist El Mac took his first trip to Boston to complete a mural at Northeastern University, as a signature piece of the university’s Public Art Initiative. The large-scale mural is based on a photo El Mac took of his wife. It is meant to celebrate the intersection of arts and sciences at Northeastern, as part of the university’s ongoing effort to enhance the campus.
The image features a woman with long braids, wearing a toga. A bolt of lightning extends from the fingers on right hand, while she grasps a paintbrush in her left hand. El Mac described her as a “Greek Muse”.
The mural at Northeastern University is particularly significant to El Mac because his father attended Northeastern and his mother grew up in Boston. This was the LA-based artist first visit to the city.