An Iranian-born artist selected to repaint the mural in Dewey Square started work on the new piece Friday afternoon. 

Mehdi Ghadyanloo, 35, was selected by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy to create the fifth mural for the 76 by 70 foot wall. 

“Ghadyanloo’s Greenway Wall will showcase the incredible visual illusions and concepts that set his work apart,” offered Greenway Conservancy Public Art Curator Lucas Cowan. “We are thrilled to curate the fifth Greenway Wall mural and introduce this international star’s trompe l’oeil style paintings to a new audience.”

Ghadyanloo worked as a farmer before moving to Tehran to study painting at the University of Tehran in 2000. After his graduation, he became a public artist in the city, painting over 100 murals there from 2005 to 2012. 

The painting will be his first in the United States. 

The artist has not yet revealed his plans for the mural, but did offer a title: “Spaces of Hope.”