In late May, Boston’s largest mural artist began working on a large mural in Sacramento, California.
The mural, titled “I Am Not a Stranger,” depicts a woman with her head held high as she walks through a large field.
The artist, Danny O’Leary, is an associate professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is one of the founders of the National Murals Project, which is dedicated to creating large murals that promote a progressive message.
Danny O’Leary told ABC News in an email that he started his project after hearing that the city of Sacramento planned to replace a portion of a highway with a freeway.
“The road that connects the city to the state, to the country, is crumbling,” he said.
“I realized that we could make a large, high-quality mural of people walking and people sitting and just having a conversation, and I wanted to do it right here.”
O’Leay’s work has already drawn national attention, and his work has also been featured on the cover of Time magazine, the cover story in the New York Times and a CNN documentary.
O’Leary said that he has not been able to find an artist willing to paint for him at this time, and the cost of hiring an artist for a large project is astronomical.
The National Muras Project has raised over $60,000 on Indiegogo in the past year.
O ‘Leary, who has a degree in fine arts from the University at Buffalo, said that in addition to paying for his own mural, he also had to work with a local artist to draw the image for the project.OLeary said the cost for the work could be anywhere from $150,000 to $250,000, and he estimates that the cost will vary depending on the type of work and the type and size of work.
The largest pieces of murals O’ Leary has done have been in the city itself.
He said he has done smaller murals and he will continue to work on larger murals as the project unfolds.
In a statement, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said that the mayor and city council have been working with the National, as well as the City of Boston, to provide a safe environment for everyone in Sacramento.
O Leary, a resident of South Boston, Massachusetts, said he is thrilled that Sacramento has chosen him to bring his project to Sacramento.
“I was very excited about the city and the fact that I would be doing something with the city,” he told ABCNews.com.
“There was no one that I thought would come to Sacramento with something that would be as big as I was.”
O Leay said he hopes to have the mural finished by early 2019.
O Leahy’s mural, “I Don’t Have Time to Wait,” has been a local icon in South Boston for many years.
The image was one of several murals on the mural wall in Boston.