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Government Center Station Renovation mural

Artist:

Mayors Mural Crew

Location:

City Hall  

Location

City Hall
one city hall Plaza
United States
42° 21' 35.7768" N, 71° 3' 30.9816" W

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Mural

Year:

2014

Medium:

Acrylic paint

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Description:

Rock Doves, also known as ​pigeons, are a ​familiar sighting​ ​around the​ ​city; they crowd​ ​the Boston Common and linger near sculptures of historical figures​, living on ​discarded food and the occasional offering of bird-seed. Before the renovations to the MBTA Government Center Station began, the location was home to a kit of pigeons. In the opinion of Heidi Schork, head of the Mayor's Mural ​C​rew (MMC), "pigeons are the natural inhabitants of the city environment, and a part of the city-nature of things we need to take care of."

The MMC, under the guidance of Schork, creates work with the belief that, "when you do art in public it changes the space, it kind of changes everybody’s attitude about a place, and that is significant to me, particularly in City Hall plaza." Since 1991, the MMC has given hundreds of Boston's youth the chance to be active participants in the creation of public art. 

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