Mara Ellsworth 

artist/architect/urban visionary


“An invitation of a beautiful street is an invitation to walk within a dream!”

― Mehmet Murat Ildan


“La rue est une musée pour tous!” “The street is a museum for all.”

― Hergé

Mara Ellsworth is an artist and architect who is committed to revitalizing empty storefronts, abandoned properties and urban street life, particularly businesses hit hard by the coronavirus. Her video projections are cast as luminous dreamscapes offering beauty, new meaning and hope to darkened windows. She weaves together site-specific references to the history, ethnicity, flora, fauna and culture of each neighborhood where her imagery has been installed. Her visions are accompanied by eerily familiar sounds, which can be heard on smartphones through the LuminousDreams app.



Throughout my professional career as an artist and an architect, I have always believed in the tremendous power of light to transform environments. Right after completing my undergraduate degree at Barnard College, I saw an exhibit at the Whitney Museum by light artist, James Turrell. I was immediately taken and knew then and there that I wanted to work with light. This led to my vocation as a neon artist and instructor at the New York Experimental Glass Workshop, now Urban Glass. I eventually pursued my master’s degree in architecture at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design with an emphasis on learning the practice of architectural lighting design. I now live in Brookline, Massachusetts, imagining video projections that can be realized on city streets everywhere with digital mapping technology.