Underground at Ink Block is the successful transformation of an 8-acre underpass located between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods into an active urban park, cultural attraction and parking amenity. Landscaped pedestrian boardwalks and bicycle paths along the Fort Point Channel create new connections between communities previously separated by highway infrastructure. Visitors enjoy amenities such as world-class street art, a dog park, curated retail, fitness, food and beverage experiences as well as a bike storage facility, 24-hour security, 175 commercial parking spots & more. Underground at Ink Block is centrally located steps away from Boston’s Downtown and easily accessible via public transit, just steps away from the Broadway T stop.
Underground at Ink Block opens after five years of planning, permitting, design, construction and leasing led by MassDOT in cooperation with the community, City of Boston, Boston Planning & Development Agency and the Federal Highway Administration. Through a public bid process, National Development, developer of Ink Block, was selected and has entered in to a long-term lease as operator of the park. This new park adds to the transformation of this area known as Ink Block, a seven building mixed-use community that has revitalized the New York Streets section of the South End.
History of ink block - new york streets
By Ronnie Deziel
Underground at Ink Block, Boston’s new urban playground, is located under the highway between the city’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods. This urban park, cultural attraction and mixed-use parking facility is a space unlike anything seen before in this region.
Spend the day with us. Join us for a fitness class. Ride your bike to work on our paths. Bring your dog for an evening with the neighborhoods furriest of friends. Watch history made as some of the world’s most talented street artists transform a once underutilized piece of highway infrastructure into a Ink Underground is fully wheel chair accessible.
Directions and Map
90 Traveler Street, Boston, MA 02118
Underground at Ink Block located under the highway and can be easily accessible using public transportation and by pedestrian pathways from both the South End and South Boston.
Broadway Station (Red Line)
Herald Street (Ink Block Stop/Silver Line)
Ink Block Station, 300 Harrison Avenue
A TIME AND PLACE FOR ART, CREATIVE COMMUNITIES, CULTURE AND CELEBRATION!
Back for its 2nd installment, the Underground Mural Project returns to bring together the very best in street art, music, diversity and community to Underground at Ink Block, an epicenter of culture and creativity nestled between the South End and South Boston neighborhoods of Boston.
From June 24th– June 29th 2019, The Underground Mural Project will gather and celebrate creative do-ers, local, national, and internationally renowned street artists, and local taste makers through a week of arts programming, education, one-of-a-kind activations and a block party that celebrates a blossoming City of arts and culture. The Underground Mural Project is curated by Street Theory in partnership with National Development.
2019 Mural Project
Following the success of the inaugural 9 mural installation in 2017, the Underground Mural Project 2019 will bring 9 additional murals to the park this summer. Bringing together local, national, and international artists, this powerful and impactful public art installation will create one of the largest installations of public street art and infrastructure engagement in New England.
The park has won several awards recognition from Communication Arts for its branding, Walk Boston for its contribution to urban connections, walkability and safety, the American Institute of Architects for its design, and Urban Land Institute for its innovative contribution to the city of Boston.
The featured mural artist for this latest installation are Indie184, Greg Lamarche, Dana Woulfe, Silvia Lopez Chavez, Muro, Geo Go-Five, Marka27, and Matthew Zaremba. Underground Mural Project 2019 is curated by Street Theory, powered by National Development.
Indie184 | @indie184
Artist Soraya Marquez aka @Indie184, (born 1980) is a native New Yorker, from Dominican descent, has been active in the graffiti culture for over 2 decades. Determined to express herself to the world through art, she quit business college to teach herself how to sew, paint and produce graphic design. Also influenced by abstract expressionism and pop art, her paintings are raptures of color and textures. Fused with of her original graffiti and street art, imagery, and designs juxtaposed with personal messages. Indie’s art has been exhibited in galleries and museums worldwide, including El Museo del Barrio in New York City and Völklingen Ironworks Museum, in Saarbrücken Germany, Museo de Bellas Artes De Murcia in Spain as well as numerous solo and group gallery exhibtions. Her graffiti and mixed media murals can be found in the streets from the South Bronx to Paris. Her most recent collaborations have been with Rimmel London as Chief Artistic Officer, Apple Beats1 Radio, Lionsgate Films, MTV Networks and a capsule clothing collection with iBlues. Catch her creating her latest work in the streets, designing or painting in her studio.
Silvia Lopez Chavez | @silvialopezchavez
Boston based artist believes in the power of the creative process as an agent for positive change. Her work investigates the human need to connect on multiple levels: socially, politically and culturally. Chavez’s social practice has led to collaborations with NEFA’s Creative City, a mural on the Charles River Esplanade with Now+There, and murals at Northeastern University, Punto Urban Art Museum, Barr Foundation, HoneyGrow and HUBweek. She has received recognition through commissions and residencies encompassing Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Google HQ in California, New England Foundation for the Arts, Massachusetts Cultural Council, Vermont Studio Center, MassMoCA Assets4Artists, and Boston Center for the Arts. Chavez holds a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art & Design and is an award-winning design professional, working with high-profile companies and institutions such as Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, World Health Organization, and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Marka27 | @marka_27
Born in Juarex, Mexico and raised in Dallas, Texas, Marka27’s foray into the art world began in the city’s streets mastering the art of graffiti. Advancing to earn his BFA from The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston, Massachusetts, Marka27 became a household name for his “audio canvas” series and elaborately executed installation art and murals. Largely inspired by multi cultural influences, Marka27’s art has served as a reflection of his varying interests. Beginning with iconic musical (and specifically hip-hop) figures, Marka27’s passion to infuse empathy into his art gave way to birthing magnificent and politically-charged masterpieces, some of which still grace both Boston, New York and Los Angeles’ city walls today, as well as San Francisco, Montreal, Canada, Mexico City and Monterrey, Mexico. His murals and artwork have been published in several books including Graffiti L.A, Burning New York, and Graffiti Planet.
Go Five | @gofive
For over 8 years, has provided the public of Boston with access to creative and inventive installations of public art. Through the medium of aerosol, and drawing on the rich mural and graffiti traditions associated with inner city Boston, he has worked to create a body of art that attracts diverse groups of people, all while paying homage to the unique qualities of the communities in which he works. He believes that by painting a mural within the community that he originated from will provide an experience that is not only rich artistically but also personally. One that will result in a permanent artistic resource for the community.