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Nate Swain wants to turn Boston into an outdoor art museum

Artist wants to plaster murals on brick walls.  Calls on local painters, photographers to share inspiration

Artist Nate Swain thinks there are too many blank, boring walls around Boston — and he wants to spruce them up with the help of area artists by plastering them with massive murals.

With a background in landscape architecture, Swain said he’d like to turn the city into an outdoor museum.

“You could have surprises around every corner,” said Swain. “Like a visual theme park.”

Swain wants to paint murals on mountable, vinyl material that could be swapped out at anytime and replaced with newer artwork from a range of local photographers or painters.

One space Swain would like to see get revamped are the TD Garden, which Swain said he would turn “inside-out” with a mural of a cheering crowd.

Another spot is the NStar substation on High Street, which Swain wants to retrofit with a view of the Arnold Arboretum.

“You could escape all the brick and mortar in the city and have these vistas that kind of take you away for a bit,” he said.

Swain has already installed artwork on vacant walls in the North End and has been working on a 30-by-70 vinyl mural with students from Roxbury that will cover offensive graffiti.

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