Artist Creates ‘Moving’ Murals


A huge mural greets visitors to the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.

It’s a memorial to the building’s namesake, who died unexpectedly in 1993.

But as young men in sweats and sneakers make their way into the gym, something strange happens. The mural comes alive. The photo of a beaming Lewis in formal attire transforms into Lewis the basketball player, streaking down the court.

Larry Bird’s picture morphs into that of another famous player, Robert Parrish.

With each step, the mural transforms, representing the many scenes in one man’s life.

Artist Rufus B. Seder calls these “movies for a wall” Lifetiles. The Massachusetts artist invented the Lifetiles medium and is the only artist in the world using it. He has more than 30 Lifetiles installations around the globe.

Lifetiles don’t use electricity, moving parts or tricky lighting — just an elaborate and painstaking process done out of Seder’s Eye Think Inc. studio near Boston.

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