In 2012, The Greenway completed a public art strategy that has paved the way for The Greenway to become a premier destination to see contemporary works of art in downtown Boston. The public art vision is to bring innovative and contemporary art to Boston through free, temporary exhibitions, engaging people in meaningful experiences, interactions and dialogue with art and each other. The Greenway will give artists unique opportunities to exhibit bold, new work that considers the possibilities of 21st century Boston.
A TRANSLATION FROM ONE LANGUAGE TO ANOTHER – The Conservancy, in partnership with the MIT List Visual Arts Center, commissioned a new temporary mural by internationally acclaimed artist Lawrence Weiner for the Greenway Wall. For more information, visit our Lawrence Weiner mural page. The mural will be on display through 2016.
Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads – From late April to late October 2016, The Greenway will present Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads by internationally acclaimed Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei (pronounced “eye way way”) around the Rings Fountain in the Wharf District between Central and Milk Streets. For more information, please visit here.
MAY THIS NEVER END – The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy commissioned Chicago-based artist and designer Matthew Hoffman. Located on The Greenway between North and Clinton streets near Faneuil Hall, the 4-foot x 319-foot artwork, made of bright yellow high density polyethylene, reads: “Nothing’s for keeps. Except that we must keep going. You’ll spend your entire life searching, ok? We all want to belong. So let’s all get along. Make the most, and hope. May this never end.” Hoffman is the Custodian of "You Are Beautiful," a project to better the world in little ways. For more information, visit here.
Monkey See – The Greenway Conservancy’s vision for public art is to bring contemporary art to Boston through free, temporary exhibitions along The Greenway. Curated by the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Monkey See is part of a yearly rotational exhibit based upon the animal signs of the Chinese Zodiac. For more information, please visit here.
High Tide is an abstracted marsh landscape that seeks to bring attention to the shifting boundary between land and water along Boston’s shoreline. Inspired by a marsh during high tide when the grasses are flooded by water, the installation speaks of the city’s changing shoreline. For more informations, visit here.
Midden: A pile of refuse, chiefly containing shells. When The Big Dig was underway in Boston, several midden were unearthed. The ancient trash heaps revealed much about those who roamed these sites before us. Often the shells grew larger towards the bottom of the piles, artifacts from before oysters were harvested as abundantly. Left alone, an oyster never stops growing. Visit here for more information.
Gesture III: One Great Turning – The Conservancy commissioned Shinique Smith, the artist behind The Greenway's 2014-2015 Greenway Wall mural (Seven Moon Junction), to create a collaborative performance work. Filmed in Dewey Square Park in 2015 combining drone and ground videography, the digital video performance can be viewed here.
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