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Charles River photo-mural to beautify Cambridge construction site

A Cambridge construction site will be getting a makeover next week with the arrival of a 500-foot-long photo-mural depicting a stretch of the city’s riverbank.

The City of Cambridge commissioned local artist Richard Hackel to create the photo-mural as part of its Percent-for-Art program, which directs 1 percent of spending on certain construction projects toward creating public art.

To create the “Cambridge Riverfront Panalateral,” Hackel took photos of Cambridge’s riverbank during three kayaking trips on the Charles River in May, according to a press release from the Cambridge Arts Council, which helped develop the mural. The digitally assembled panorama spans from Herter Park to the Museum of Science.


The photo-mural will be installed at the King Open and Cambridge Street Upper Schools & Community Complex, which is under construction, on June 27 and 28.

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