The new mural on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway is officially underway.
Mehdi Ghadyanloo on Friday began painting the mural on the wall in Dewey Square. Ghadyanloo said he expects the mural — the fifth to have appeared in recent years — to be done in less than two weeks.
Ghadyanloo, whose murals have been showcased in Tehran and London, has not yet revealed what the mural will look like, but he has released the name: “Spaces of Hope.”
“I really want my public works to be positive. I feel responsible for people that I force to see my mural,” Ghadyanloo said. “If it’s positive, it’s more bearable.”
Ghadyanloo said the inspiration for the name came three months ago, when he went to see the wall he would paint.
“People in the morning were walking fast to their work,” Ghadyanloo said. “They were hopeful, and it gave me inspiration to do this mural and name it ‘Spaces of Hope.’ Without hope, we all should stay at home.”
Ghadyanloo said he has wanted to paint the Dewey Square wall ever since it was first transformed into a place for murals.
“When I saw the picture on the Internet, I wished someday I could work on this wall,” Ghadyanloo said. “It fits my style of playing with perspective, and now it’s happened.”
Ghadyanloo said the goal of his art is to give people a few minutes away from the troubles of the world. With “Spaces of Hope,” he wants people to see what’s possible around them.
“Many bad things are happening nowadays everywhere.” Ghadyanloo said. “It’s a good thing just to take out your brain from the bad stories and bad events. ... If I can help people to stop thinking about their problems for even five seconds, I am successful.”Olivia Quintana can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter @oliviasquintana.