Boston Art Commission

Color Crossing

Artist: Kate Gilbert with Halsey Burgund

Neighborhood: Downtown



United States
42° 21' 22.2048" N, 71° 3' 36.432" W

Medium: mp3 Paint printed vinyl graphics & speakers

Time Frame: Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - Friday, October 31, 2014


If there was a time machine right here and you could get in it, would you go backward or forward?  Past or future?  That’s the question artist Kate Gilbert asked over 100 city dwellers, with their surprisingly heartfelt answers becoming the centerpiece of Color Crossing.  

This Downtown Crossing installation integrates an audio composition of the public’s responses to the past/future question with a site-specific mural and printed text-based graphics.  The combination delivers a provocative interpretation of a slice of society’s hopes and fears about the past and future while gently but clearly making a case for the here and now. 

A “portal to the present”, Color Crossing is part social commentary, part historical nod, and part design intervention.  The installation is in place through November, 2014 in Music Hall Place, 15-17 Winter Street in Downtown Crossing, Boston MA. 

Project concept, mural and graphics by Kate Gilbert; audio composition by Halsey Burgund. 

Color Crossing invites everyone to continue the conversation about the neighborhood’s past and future by visiting

Color Crossing is supported by the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District with thanks to 3MJ Realty, The Druker Company and Boston Building Wraps.

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