Ribbon cutting event to celebrate the installation of “Chelsea Resilient: Call and Response Through the Ages,” an 80-foot painted mural by David Fichter. The culmination of a 16-month process, the aluminum panels are installed on the Fifth Street side of 472 Broadway in Bellingham Square.
Join us to explore together the colorful details the artist reflects back to us in this major piece of public art for the city of Chelsea.
Performances by Carmen Villalta’s Salvadoran Folklore Dance Group “Torogoz” and the Chelsea International Band.
“Chelsea Resilient” traces the rich history of this Massachusetts city from its beginnings as Winnisimmet, when Native American peoples fished and dug mussels on the banks of Chelsea Creek, to the urban, diverse city we know today. Across four centuries this community has repeatedly risen to overcome challenges and tragedies, responding with energy, heartfelt mutual concern, and an unquenchable drive to rebuild. The struggles and successes of each generation of Chelsea residents echo across history with a message of courage, determination, and optimism. Our past, present and future are linked in a continuous call to action and grassroots response, the defining character of Chelsea and its people.
Artist David Fichter is known for a distinctive, realistic style that features the people, architecture and other details reflective of the mural location. For over 30 years David has created community murals and mosaics, taking him all over the United States and internationally, including Nicaragua, Armenia, and Georgia. Working with residents of all ages, he’s completed more than 200 permanent murals that have become beloved local landmarks that communicate the story of each neighborhood.
Funding generously provided by the Chelsea Cultural Council with a Chelsea Heritage Celebrations Grant