Brooklyn Boulders (BKB), the largest climbing gym in New York City opened a second gym in Boston, MA called BKB Somerville. This is a massive climbing gym with super tall walls, collaborative works spaces, a fire place and sauna. While this gym is a premire destination for climbers it is also a curator of art and creative works.
This is a 50 foot mural in the entrance of their facility. BKB climbing gyms have no space untouched by art as it’s quickly become a community of active and creative people.
The mural has a fort as the centerpiece which is a landmark for the neighborhood and played a pivotal role in American Revolution during the entire Siege of Boston, which lasted nine months. The fort was central position of the Continental Army’s chain of encampment north of Boston. Its height and commanding view of Boston and the harbor had tremendous strategic value and the fortress became known as the “Citadel”. Originally occupied by just 400 men, Prospect Hill became a primary encampment for American forces after General Israel Putnam’s retreat from the Battle of Bunker Hill. On January 1, 1776, the Grand Union Flag flew for the first time at the Citadel, the first official raising of an American flag.