As the gateway and an anchor of the Beverly Arts District, The Cabot is well-positioned to feature an impactful public art installation that embodies the unique spirit of Beverly; honoring both its tradition and innovative spirit. In 2019, The Cabot selected two world renown artists to reflect The Cabot’s past, present, and future on our walls: Helen Bur of London, England, and Alex Senna of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Helen and Alex brought life and their own artistic vision to our exterior walls while remaining fully encapsulated in our exciting present course as a vibrant performing arts center.
Stemming from a grant awarded by Essex County Community Foundation’s Creative County Initiative and in partnership with Beyond Walls, a creative placemaking nonprofit based in Lynn, The Cabot received over 70 mural artist applications, both from local/regional artists and those across the globe. To narrow down the list of applicants, The Cabot created a public art advisory committee comprised of Beyond Walls staff, Beverly residents, business owners and public art enthusiasts. The committee made selections by scoring each application, engaging in thoughtful discussion, and taking a series of votes in mid-May.
These murals magnify the eclectic arts community in Downtown Beverly and we hope they will inspire additional public art installations throughout the city and beyond.
“It has been truly exciting to watch this installation come together and see how involved our community is in enhancing The Cabot’s natural beauty and presence in Beverly. We are truly thankful for their participation.”
-J. Casey Soward, Executive Director of The Cabot.