Artist Golob Seeks Haverhill Photographs, Immigrant Stories for Downtown Mural

Artist Alexander Golob has been commissioned by the Garibaldi Club to create an immigrant mural downtown. (Courtesy photographs)

Artist Alexander Golob wants to weave together the fabric of Haverhill residents in his latest public art project, a mural outside the Washington Street Garibaldi Club. (Courtesy photograph)

Boston-based artist Alexander Golob crowd-funded money to bring a public art installation to downtown Haverhill—and now city residents are invited to help make the project a reality. This week, Golob began accepting submissions for photographs that help celebrate and tell the story of the city’s immigrants old and new.

Alexander Golob

Two-thirds of the 1,600 square-foot mural being installed next to the Garibaldi Club will feature the “faces and stories of Haverhill,” Golob said, estimating that more than 40 photographs will be chosen for the final project.

Though the project is backed by the Garibaldi Club, Golob seeks submissions from locals of all ethnicities.

“That way it’s about celebrating the Italian culture of the city but also talking about the fabric of Haverhill. We want to make sure everyone’s voices, faces, families and stories are elevated and considered important,” he said.

The work is done in the style of the Italian Renaissance tile work called maiolica, Golob said, and includes blues and coral hues. Several Haverhill landmarks, including Winnekenni Castle and the Whittier Birthplace, will take center stage on the mural, which is expected to take a month to complete.

To submit photos for consideration, connect with Golob on Facebook by searching for the “Haverhill Immigrant Mural” page. All submissions must be received by October 1.