Fine Arts Professor Randal Thurston is creating an enormous stainless steel mural for the new Martin Luther King, Jr., Open School to be constructed by the Cambridge Public Schools.

He has been involved in other public arts projects: His artwork in the Yerxa Road underpass in North Cambridge features birds and plant life in silhouette, as did his plan for the Lechmere Green Line Station, a project that was put on hold due to MBTA fiscal constraints.

Thurston is exhibiting at the Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, N.H.. in the Deep Cuts exhibit, running through May 21, which showcases work by contemporary artists who take a modern approach to the centuries-old practice of paper cutting.

Thurston arti installationis a black silhouette of vines, butterflies and birds against a white wall

Currier Museum installation by Randal Thurston