David Fichter's Moses Youth Center Mosaic
In November 2019, David Fichter (left) worked with guests at Cambridge's Moses Youth Center on the community mosaic for the exterior of the building.
In June and July 2020, Cambridge artist David Fichter (http://www.davidfichter.com
) and his team installed a new 40-foot-long, 16-inch-tall mosaic above the front entrance of Cambridge's Robert and Janet Moses Youth Center. Cambridge youth and community members helped develop the artwork, including hands-on work arranging the mosaic tiles.
Fichter writes, “The mosaic celebrates both the activities that take place at the youth center and the legacy of Robert and Janet Moses, Cambridge residents who were important organizers in the Civil Rights movement in the South.” Mr. Moses died at his Florida home on July 25, 2021, at age 86.
Fichter’s mosaic is funded by Cambridge Arts' FLOW grant program, which has supported 11 percent-for-art cultural projects designed for Cambridge’s Port neighborhood in parallel with a major City infrastructure construction project to reduce flooding in this neighborhood between Central and Kendall squares.
In 2018 and '19, Fichter worked with students at Cambridge's Fletcher Maynard Academy to create a mosaic for the corner of the building at Broadway and Windsor Street. Fichter also created an outdoor mosaic at Community Art Center in Cambridge. He has painted landmark murals across the region, including murals on the Trader Joes on Memorial Drive in Cambridge, at the parking lot at Norfolk Street and Bishop Allen Drive in Cambridge's Central Square, and at the Alewife MBTA station in Cambridge, as well as his Mystic River Mural Project along Mystic Avenue in Somerville.