You should now be in Mozart Park and facing the mural that is located on the long wall towards the back of the park. The Mozart Park Mural, designed by Roberto Chao in 2008, is a landmark of the Latin Quarter and the backdrop for many concerts, performances, and other cultural events that take place in the neighborhood.
Roberto, who is originally from Uruguay and studied mural painting in Mexico, is a well-known artist who has painted many murals throughout Boston. Roberto is passionate about community empowerment, and using art to start conversations about social issues. He worked to design and create this mural with youth from Hyde Square Task Force, a nonprofit organization here in Boston’s Latin Quarter that aims to amplify the power, creativity, and voices of youth, connecting them to Afro-Latin culture and heritage so they can create a diverse, vibrant Latin Quarter and build a just, equitable Boston.
Shaded by trees, this mural contains an array of references to the arts and culture of the Latin Quarter; there’s a ballet stage, a big mango, and the words ‘Youth Activism’ exploding from a bullhorn. What’s your favorite detail of our playground mural?
As you walk the length of the mural, you’ll see the basketball courts, blacktop, and swingsets of the park. The five crooked metal pillars to your right, beside the wide concrete staircase, is our next public art installation.