The Value Store It site in Allston, MA is proud to unveil a gorgeous new mural honoring the storied history of this important Boston neighborhood. The vibrant painting stands tall against pale yellow brick, a collaboration between Yeti Frenkel, whose works follow the tradition of the Ashcan Artists and draw on “regional and local inspiration to create images that have a universal message,” and Joshua Winer, an artist and teacher whose Artist-in-Residency programs invite students to participate in process of creating public art for their schools. Their creative collaboration took a little more than a month, finishing just in time to welcome back the students that call Allston, MA their home away from home.
Allston, MA is a trendy neighborhood, popular among undergraduate and graduate students for its close proximity to Boston College, Boston University, Harvard College, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. But while its population may be young, the neighborhood itself has a long history, now celebrated through the new Allston Memories Mural. The mural depicts many iconic Allston figures and locales, depicting the city’s story in vivid color. Included in the painting are Baseball Hall of Famer and Boston Red Sox legend Ted Williams, bat in hand, and the founder of the first no-kill, cageless cat shelter in the country, Ellen M. Gifford. Also featured are the familiar art nouveau signage of Brookline Liquor Mart, a 4th generation family business serving the city since 1933, the neon lights of the old Egyptian Theatre, which introduced “talking pictures” to movie-goers in 1929, and the front door of the apartment building at 1325 Commonwealth Ave., home to all five founding members of Aerosmith and rumored to have been the recording location for the band’s 1973 hit “Dream On.”
Of course, a neighborhood like Allston that is always growing and changing needs a moving and storage company that can keep up with the times; in the bottom right-hand corner of the painting, a U-Haul truck parks in front of the proud orange walls of a Value Store It, ready to assist the next generation of residents as they begin their new adventures and become part of the Allston story. The beginning of each school year means a particularly busy time for moving and storage; the locals refer to the last few days of August as “Allston Christmas,” an annual event where old renters leaving the area after graduation put out furniture, clothing, and décor on the streets for new residents, usually college freshman, to take. Value Store It Allston is honored to be an integral part of this yearly tradition.
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