Boston Art Commission

Downtown Dreamtown

Artist: Elizabeth Keithline

Neighborhood: Downtown


Medium: Mixed media

Time Frame: Monday, May 16, 2016 - Monday, October 31, 2016


The Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce the public art installation of “Downtown Dreamtown” by Elizabeth Keithline. This art project was recently put atop the canopy of Macy’s on Summer Street and will be there through October 24, 2016. Keithline created nine sculptural facades from architectural details like gargoyles, windows and doors featured on Downtown buildings. The artist utilized wood, fiberglass and mesh, to create art that makes the average person stop, pause and look up at the work during the day. At night, the work is illuminated, creating an ethereal feel that further draws attention.

“Walking around Downtown Boston, I saw these buildings as some of the city’s original public art installations,” said Keithline. “I’m interested in how architects and designers perceived themselves and those for whom they designed. I love how buildings effortlessly connect current populations to the past.”

“These buildings are gems we all get to appreciate every day. And we were excited that this exhibition draws attention to this rich architectural treasure right in front of our eyes,” said Anita Lauricella, Senior Planner for the Downtown Boston BID.

For more information, about Keithline, click here.

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