In order to improve quality of life and better reflect the diversity of Broadies who work in the 320 Charles St building everyday, the Genomics Platform commissioned a mural from artist Michael Talbot. The GP envisioned a colorful installation representing the history of the building and the activities that have gone on inside it. After a few months of collaboration and work over the fall of 2022 and spring of 2023, the mural is now complete and brightening the days of residents and visitors alike!
To learn more about the mural, read Michael Talbot's full artist statement, and of course, visit it in person!
About the mural
Titled “Sequential Progression,” the mural is divided into two halves of reaching hands that come together in the center around a strand of DNA. The left side's organic, flowing shapes represent the human, creative side of the Broad Institute's work, while the right side's angular, abstract design represents the technological advancements that have helped advance Broad science. By bringing the two sides together around the DNA strand, Talbot represents "both worlds coming together to work in tandem and harmony." The mural is a fitting symbol of the work done by the Genomics Platform and at the Broad at large.
About the artist
Growing up in Jamaica, Michael had always had a strong desire to inspire and speak to others through art. In 2012 he left his home country to live in the United States and began pursuing his artistic dreams doing illustration, graphic design, and animation, and has since been working as a Boston-based freelance artist on a wide range of projects, murals, exhibitions, and showcases. Michael believes that all art is inter-connected in some facet; informing, complimenting and/or enhancing each other. Whenever possible, he uses his rich cultural background from his early life in Jamaica to infuse, improve, and “season” whatever project he tackles, often mixing both digital and traditional media.