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Boylston Place Gateway

Artist:

Dimitri Gerakaris

Location:

Boylston Place at Boylston Street  

Location

Boylston Place at Boylston Street
United States
42° 21' 8.8092" N, 71° 3' 57.4164" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Architectural Element

Year:

Medium:

Steel and Bronze

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Description:

The Boylston Place Gateway puts an inviting face on a public courtyard that a community effort created from an old service alley. The gateway, nineteen feet high, is a forged steel and bronze confection of allusions. Its arch alludes to the proscenium arches of nearby theaters, and the arch’s supporters suggest the folds of theater curtains. Inside the arch, outlines of Greek lyres culminate in a plaque bearing the masks of comedy and tragedy. Below the arch on both sides are fretwork panels containing images of birds and animals with local associations: a swan and a duck refer to the Public Garden across the way; a bear refers to the mascot of the Tavern Club, located nearby. The artist-iron worker Dimitri Gerakaris created the gateway.

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