Science-inspired Street Art Murals

Grade 10 students created a series of street art-inspired murals exploring the connection between art and science. The collection of colorful, imaginative, and thought-provoking murals can be seen in the Upper Campus Science Garden on Everett Street.

‘Science and Ludicracy’ by Carl Eickelberg, Alexander Winter, Theodor Diehl

German International School Boston is located in Allston, a diverse and urban Boston neighborhood that is home to a wide variety of street art. As part of their art class, taught by GISB art teacher Utku Wanami, students toured the neighborhood, prepared presentations of the local street art, and explored the meaning of the murals to the community. Inspired by what they learned, students planned and created murals for the sunken terrace at the Upper Campus.

All murals created by the students explore the connection between arts and science, and together they form the Science Garden at GISB. The murals can be seen from Everett Street and will be featured in ‘Art in Print‘, a limited release of artwork published by Zone 3, a Harvard-sparked initiative to vitalize the area around Western Avenue in Allston with creative programs, events, and public art.

‘Originated from the body’ by Hanna Süssenbach, Victoria Goldmann

The students’ murals showcase different techniques and messages. For example, one artwork is inspired by the mural EVO on Western Avenue, created by David Teng, and incorporates geometric shapes. Korbinian, Christopher, and Jasper-Vincent say about their work, “We wanted to lighten up the mood of students, teachers, and parents with this colorful and mathematical mural.”

The mural “The garden of freedom” by Mariane and Caterina is a reflection on society: “While painting our artwork, we took a lot of freedom in between each step, and this is why the name is so fitting. This artwork reflects society. We are small insects in a big garden. The flowers and mushrooms represent our problems, goals, dreams, ambitions, and overall everything that’s bigger than us.”

Some students incorporated the multilingual aspects of GISB into their artwork, while others explored computer games and pop culture. One mural is inspired by the animated science fiction show “Rick and Morty” and was designed to provoke creative, scientific, and philosophical questions.

‘Geometric shapes’ by Korbinian Parnell, Christopher Wirtz, Jasper-Vincent Eis

For a complete overview of all murals, please visit the Grade 10 Street Art Webpage. You can find photos of the murals plus artist statements for each piece.

Top Photos (left to right): Students working ‘The garden of freedom’, detail from ‘Science and Ludicracy’, a student working on ‘Science on Strings – S.o.S.-‘ 

By Utku Wanami and Claudia Weber