Lynn Mural Project: Stories of Lynn 50 ft. X 60 ft. Lynn, Massachusetts [Acrylic paint and mosaic]
The Lynn Mural Project was a collaborative effort of David Fichter, Yetti Frenkel and Joshua Winer. The mural was created in two phases. During the phase one, the artists worked with students from the Lynn middle and high schools to create a mosaic arch about Lynn today from the youth perspective. During phase two, the artists painted the history of Lynn, focusing on stories and people representing the creative spirit of the city. The project was funded by the New England Foundation for the Arts and the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Stories of Lynn Mural is on the side of the Lynn Arts Building in downtown Central Square. On a monumental scale it illustrates the history of Lynn, combining large scale painted historical figures with intimate mosaic panels of life in Lynn today seen through the eyes of its youth.
Lynn mosaic (detail from the mosaic arch) showing food representative of the different cultural backgrounds of Lynn students. It was created by students at Lynn Classical High School with the artists and art teacher.
Maria Mitchell, the first female astronomer, was born in Nantucket, but in later years lived in Lynn, where she had an observatory. Mitchell discovered a comet in 1847 for which she became world famous. A Lynn landmark, High Rock Tower, is on the right side. Frederick Douglass, an escaped slave who arguably became the most prominent abolitionist and a world famous speaker and writer, lived in Lynn for a period of time in the 1840's.
Lynn Abolitionists: Frederick Douglass and the Hutchinson Family Singers
Charles H. Woodbury (above, portrait based on one by John Singer Sargent) was one of the prominent Lynn Beach Painters. Alonzo Lewis (below) was an ardent abolitionist, writer, poet and historian of Lynn (History of Lynn published in 1829). In background (upper right) Lynn children explore Red Rock on the Lynn seashore.
On the left side is Dungeon Rock where according to popular legend, Thomas Veal buried his pirate treasure. At the top left is another landmark of Lynn Woods, the Stone Tower which was constructed in 1936 under the auspices of the W.P.A. (Works Progress Administration).
Jan Matzeliger, inventor of the shoe lasting machine; in the background Elvira Hall addresses hemmers and stitchers during the 1860 Great Shoe strike.
Harry Agganis (know as the Golden Greek) was a college football star (Boston University) and first baseman for the Boston Red Sox (1954-1955). In the background is one of Lynn's famous vaudeville/movie theaters, the Olympia Theater.
Lydia Pinkham was a successful businesswoman in 19th century Lynn, who manufactured and marketed Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, one of the best known patent medicines of the times. It was marketed primarily to women and many consider her an early crusader for women's health issues.
Cyrus Tracy was an early Lynn naturalist and writer, who formed the Exploring Circle with some friends, to investigate and describe the natural wonders of Lynn Woods. They were part of an early movement to secure recreational wilderness for urban residents.
Mary Baker Eddy, who lived in Lynn for a period, was the founder of Christian Science in the latter half of the 19th century. Her home (behind her in the mural) is preserved as an historic site. During her time in Lynn, Mary Baker Eddy injured herself in a fall. As a result of her recovery, which she felt came from her reading of the Bible, this became a turning point in her life.
Elihu Thomson (left side) was an electrical engineer, who founded the Thomson-Houston Electric Company which in 1892 merged with Edison's General Electric Company to become the General Electric Company. Thomson chose to keep his laboratory in Lynn, so that he could continue his research. He has over 700 patents to his name. On the right side of Thomson is Hiram Marble, a Lynn Spiritualist, who spent years living at Dungeon Rock (Lynn Woods) searching for the lost pirate treasure of Thomas Veal. In the background you can see the tunnels that were dug in the search for the treasure and public tours which Marble led to raise funds for the quest.
Historical figures from Lynn's industrial past in the shoe industry and General Electric.
Vincent Ferrini was a poet who grew up working in the Lynn shoe factories and General Electric, like many others. He dreamed of being a poet and after graduating from Lynn Classical High School, he self-educated himself at the Lynn Public Library. Many of his early poems are about the harsh lives of the working people of Lynn, including the debilitating strikes and lay-offs. The jet engine built at General Electric is depicted in the background.
All Politics Is Local: The Tip O'Neill Story 12 ft. X 36 ft. O'Neill Branch Library, North Cambridge, MA [Acrylic paint on MDO panels]
The Tip O'Neill Mural: This mural was designed and painted by David Fichter and Joshua Winer to commemorate the 100th birthday of Tip O'Neill. It is installed on the side of the O'Neill Branch Library in North Cambridge near where Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill grew up. It was unveiled on December 9th, the 100th birthday of the Speaker.
Tip O'Neill mural. Scroll right to view entire mural.
The Story of Westfield 7 ft. X 44 ft. Westfield Athenaeum, Westfield MA. [Acrylic on 11 MDO panels]
"The Story of Westfield" was commissioned by the Westfield Athenaeum and is installed in the library's reference room. It is an historical mural, that highlights the history of the athenaeum while interweaving images of some of the people, places, and activities that are important in the town's rich history. Approximately a year was spent researching the town's history and creating a complex design that depicts the history in a geographical layout, with the town green and library at the center.
Scroll right to view entire mural. Mural photo by Marc St.Onge
Amherst Community History Mural 16' by 150' West Cemetery in Amherst, MA [acrylic on block wall]
This mural is unusually located on the back of a long building bordering on an historic cemetery where the illustrious poet Emily Dickinson is buried. The mural tells the history of the town of Amherst. Although it covers the entire history of the town, it focuses on the lives and times of people buried in the West Cemetery. A number of those people are painted larger than life, calmly looking out at the viewer standing in the cemetery, while behind them one can see the changing panorama of Amherst's history.
The Port Story 17' X 43' Hampshire St., Cambridge MA [Acrylic paint on MDO panels]
This mural is installed on the corner of Portland and Hampshire streets in the Port ( Area 4) in Cambridge. It illustrates the rich history of the Port, which is known for its social reformers like Margaret Fuller, Clement Morgan, and William Lloyd Garrison as well as its technology and inventors like Elias Howe who invented the sewing machine.
Wayne History Mural 27' X150' State Wayne Theater, Wayne, Michigan [Acrylic on brick]
The City of Wayne Michigan commissioned artists David Fichter and Joshua Winer to design and paint this historical mural to inaugurate
their new mural initiative on the wall of the art deco movie theater on Michigan Ave. The mural celebrates the history of Wayne, using the theme of transportation to connect different periods in city's unique history.
Beverly History Mural 15ft.X 40ft. Shore Country Day School, Beverly, MA [Acrylic on interior wall.]
The Shore Country Day School commissioned David Fichter and Joshua Winer to research, design and paint this panoramic history of the town of Beverly, MA in the school library. The mural covers the history starting with the first naval battle of the American Revolution up to the present, making connections with the history of the school. Rotating around the central seal of Beverly are historical characters who lived in Beverly during different periods of time.
Governor's Academy Mural 22 ft. high X 20 ft, wide Governor's Academy, Carl A. Pescosolido Library, Ipswich, M [Acrylic on interior wall.]
This mural was commissioned in 2012 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the academy, which is the oldest private school in the country. The mural was created by David Fichter and Joshua Winer and colorfully blends the Academy's rich traditions, historical figures, and natural surroundings providing a glimpse of student life through the years.
J.F.K. Crossing Mural 13' X 45' Harvard St., Brookline, Massachusetts [1995 Acrylic on brick]
The J.F.K. Crossing Mural (also know as the Gum Wall Mural, because students on their way to school would leave their chewing gum on the corner of the wall) was commissioned, along with four other murals, by local business leaders as part of an effort to transform and beautify the street landscape. The mural depicts the history of the neighborhood where John F. Kennedy grew up. Neighborhood people are depicted crossing the street with the President at the center of the mural, with the Devotion School in the background. William Dawes. one of three riders who warned the residents of Lexington and Concord of the British march, road by this location in 1775 and features prominently in the mural imagery. Brigadier Lord Percy, whose backup troops relieved the British at the Battle of Lexington and Concord, is also depicted traveling the same route.