Rome, Italy - Triumphs and Laments; Boston, MA - Dock Tattoo Project
The Dock Tattoo Project in Boston, Massachusetts is a piece of cultural heritage that can be closely connected to the mural in Rome. Liz LaManche is the artist behind the project, and she created 1000-foot long tattoo designs using ink and a paint brush to craft tattoo designs that represented the many different cultures and cultural heritages that have been throughout history and still are today connected to Boston Harbor. The piece is meant to bring the people of Boston together, to remind them of the many wins and losses that America has had, as well as give a proper representation of the many cultures that helped shape America. The piece is a form of public art that represents the highs and lows of Boston, and it allows those on the Harbor to look out at the art and the ocean and remember those who were here before them.
Both public art pieces remind viewers that they should stay in connection with their cultural heritage as well as remember those who were not given proper representation throughout history. Both artists put diversity and inclusion at the top of their list and made it a priority to represent honesty in their artwork. Reminders of those who lived before us and those who weren’t given equal opportunities are important so that we can continue to practice freedom and allow others to have their own freedom too.
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Chris Lach, Student, Fitchburg State University
Zachary Romero, Student, Fitchburg State University
Victoria Weeks, Student, Fitchburg State University