Haverhill’s Downtown Immigrant and Origin Mural Unveiling Is Sunday

Alexander Golob installed his Immigrant and Origin piece outside the Garibaldi Club ahead of this weekend’s public unveiling. (Courtesy photograph)

Artist Alexander Golob spent the last several months soliciting stories from Haverhill residents and on Sunday, the city’s first-ever immigrant and origin mural will be unveiled outside the Washington Street Garibaldi Club.

Forty-five hand-painted portraits featuring 143 people who call Haverhill home comprise the 1,600 sq. ft. public art installation that came together after Golob was commissioned by the Garibaldi Club and City Council Vice President Thomas J. Sullivan. As WHAV previously reported, the artist crowd-funded nearly $10,000 to bring the project to life.

The work is done in the style of the Italian Renaissance tile work called maiolica, Golob told WHAV, and includes blues and coral hues. Several Haverhill landmarks, including Winnekenni Castle and the Whittier Birthplace, take center stage on the mural.

Sunday’s unveiling at 86 Washington St. starts at 10:30 a.m., and includes performances from local youth, Golob said.