Boston Art Commission

Check out these upcoming projects. Interested in proposing your own public art project? Check out the guidelines.

Women in Movement

Artist: TBD

Location: South Station  

Location

South Station
United States
42° 21' 8.28" N, 71° 3' 18.8892" W

Neighborhood: Downtown

Medium:

Description:

Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) is an international organization with more than 5,000 members and 48 chapters dedicated to building the future of transportation through the global advancement of women. WTS-Boston, founded in 1981, is one of the oldest and largest chapters with more than 300 participating members whose mission is advancing women in transportation by promoting the education of professionals employed in the transportation industry. The public art installed in South Station will embrace WTS’ mission by focusing on the theme of women in movement. The piece should reflect generations of women moving women upward and enabling movement of people and goods.  It represents peers working to improve prospects for women in transportation, and as creators of infrastructure and services, responsible for transporting people and goods throughout the United States and abroad. WTS also considers “the spirit of community, inclusiveness, and mutual support… one of our greatest assets.” To this end, the public art should engage viewers to understand women’s role in transportation. Furthermore, the piece should be dynamic and highlight its location within one of the most prominent transit hubs in the city of Boston.

The three finalists were selected in the fall of 2014 from a competitive pool of applicants. The finalists will develop site specific proposals for final consideration, and will present their desigs at a public meeting in January 2015. All proposals will be available for public review and online input. 

The artists selected as finalists include:

Beth Galston, Carlisle Massachusetts- creates immersive, site-specific environments for interior and exterior spaces.

Shane Allbritton and Norman Lee, Texas- co-founders of RE:site, create dynamic, multi-layered works that exist somewhere between art, architecture, and landscape.

Janet Zweig, Brooklyn, New York– creates public art works including a performance space in a prairie on a Kansas City downtown green roof and other works in New York, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Columbus, Orlando, and Pittsburgh.

To learn more, visit the project website at www.wtsbostonpublicart.com.

 

Photo credit: Andy Ryan

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The Freedom Project

Artist: Juanjo Novella

Location: Field's Corner  

Location

Field's Corner
United States
42° 17' 52.2672" N, 71° 3' 40.4496" W

Neighborhood: Dorchester

Medium: Steel

Description:

“Freedom Home” design concept

Juanjo Novella, an internationally-recognized sculptor of public art, has been selected to create a permanent artwork in Doherty-Gibson Park (also known as Town Field) in Dorchester’s Fields Corner neighborhood that celebrates and commemorates journeys to freedom. Commissioned by the Fields Corner-based community development corporation Vietnamese American Initiative for Development, Inc. (VietAID) in collaboration with the City of Boston Parks Department, the Boston Art Commission, and the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund, a public charitable trust administered by the City of Boston Boston Trust Office, the artwork will create a focal point in the park’s plaza along Dorchester Avenue. Novella was selected from a pool of 144 artists who applied for the public art commission from 27 states and 9 countries.

The artist proposes a tall, curved sculpture called “Freedom Home” built with a steel membrane comprised of the word “freedom” repeated in multiple languages that will be lit up at night. Inspired by the mountainous island cliffs in Vietnam’s Ha Long Bay as well as the shapes of the roads circumscribing Fields Corner, Novella seeks to integrate the piece with the community. The sculpture has an open door and will sit in the center of the plaza currently occupied by a circular plantings bed. This placement will recover more space in the plaza for people to interact with the piece and traverse through and around it.

“Through “Freedom Home,” we honor those who have sacrificed their lives for our freedom,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “Mr. Novella has thoughtfully represented the universal experience of those who came to Boston seeking hope and equality. We are grateful to VietAID for the their work to bring important artwork to our neighborhoods.”

“This unique sculpture will create an icon for Fields Corner and will help to establish Fields Corner as a destination for business and culture” said Nam Pham, VietAID’s Executive Director. “As a refugee who, like many, came to America in search of freedom, I am very moved by Novella’s use of Ha Long Bay as inspiration for the form. Our goal also is for this artwork not only to appeal to my Vietnamese experience but also to speak to all people who call Fields Corner home, regardless of where they came from.”

Award-winning Spanish artist Juanjo Novella has commissioned artworks installed across Europe, Asia, North America, and New Zealand, including in Madrid, Spain; Asan-Si, South Korea; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; and Lubbock, Texas. He also has had many exhibitions of his work, including at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. While his artistic career began simultaneously with painting and sculpture, he now works exclusively in the field of public art. He has extensive experience working in urban environments and has participated in several master plans for improving urban landscapes integrating systems of sculpture, painting, and landscape design.

For more information about the Freedom Public Art Project and about how to contribute to the artwork, click here or contact VietAID at 617-822-3717.

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Symphony Park Sculpture

Artist: Jacob Kulin

Location: Symphony Park  

Location

Symphony Park
Edgerly Rd & Norway St
United States
42° 20' 41.154" N, 71° 5' 15.4932" W

Neighborhood: Fenway/Kenmore

Medium: Cor-ten steel and granite

Description:

Coinciding with the redesign of Symphony Park, local artist Jacob Kulin was selected from a large group of finalists to design a musically themed sculpture. The sculpture is currently set to be unveiled in the fall of 2015. To learn more about the Symphony Park revitalization, visit the Fenway Civic Association here

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Lobby Sky

Artist: Nate Swain

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 21' 36.5868" N, 71° 3' 28.6776" W

Neighborhood: Downtown

Medium: Photography

Description:

"Lobby Sky" is one of the winning designs in the Public Space Invitational-- a crowd-sourced design competition aimed at re-thinking small public spaces, sidewalks, and Boston City Hall. The goal of Lobby Sky is to make the Lobby of City Hall more bright and welcoming. Conceived as a photograph printed on vinyl and stretched across the vast ceiling, it will bring to life the area above the proposed WiFi lounge.

Nine winners were announced in the Public Space Invitational, including "Stairs of Fabulousness." Awards were given in three categories: The Streetscape, Random Awesome Designs, and City Hall. The designs were chosen from a pool of 70+ submissions. These small-budget ways to creatively improve public space and infrastructure will be deployed in 2014 and 2015.

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The Freedom Project

Artist: TBD

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 17' 49.8696" N, 71° 3' 39.726" W

Neighborhood: Dorchester

Medium: TBD

Description:

The Vietnamese American Initiative for Development (Viet-AID) in coordination with the Boston Art Commission, announces a Request for Qualifications for permanent public art work at Doherty-Gibson Park in Dorchester, MA. The goal of The Freedom Public Art Project is to create an original, site-specific, and highly visible work to identify Fields Corner as a destination for business and culture.

Additional information about the Freedom Public Art Project is available on the Viet-AID website or by contacting Project Manager Jean Mineo at PublicArt@VietAID.org

Application Process: All materials must submitted in digital format through CaFE™. Please apply here

There is no fee to apply. Applications are due by Friday, June 20, 2014 at midnight, MST. Applicants will be notified of their application status by Friday, July 18, 2014.
 
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Dudley Municipal Building

Artist: Napoleon Jones-Henderson and Meejin Yoon and Clarita Stephens

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 19' 49.5984" N, 71° 4' 59.8512" W

Neighborhood: Dudley Square

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Description:

The Dudley Municipal Building is in the Dudley Station Historic District. The building design has been devised to physically incorporate the façades of three historic buildings into a larger contemporary framework.  The new building will provide additional retail commerce opportunities while relocating the Boston Public Schools (BPS) administrative body to Roxbury. Dudley Square is the historical heart of Roxbury, and Roxbury is the geographic center of Boston. With its long history as a commercial and civic center, Dudley Square has a wealth of buildings with architectural and cultural significance and is a hub of mass transit. The purpose of the Dudley Municipal Office Facility has been to provide a catalyst for economic revitalization of Dudley Square by using the neighborhood’s past as a foundation to build its future.

Designed by the team made up of local architecture firm Sasaki Architects and Netherlands-based design firm Mecanoo, the Dudley Square Municipal Office Facility will be the next great public building in Boston. One large wall piece, an outdoor sculpture, and an interior acoustic panel will serve as exciting additions to the building and the surrounding square. In addition to showcasing site-specific work by professional artists, this project will also celebrate the artwork of Boston Public School Students on an interior acoustic panel.

Napoleon Jones-Henderson has been selected as the finalist for the indoor wall design project, Meejin Yoon is the chosen finalist for the outdoor sculpture project, and BPS student Clarita Stephens is the finalist for the acoustic panel. 

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Frederick Douglas Peace Garden Sculpture

Artist: TBD

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 20' 11.7312" N, 71° 5' 3.7608" W

Neighborhood: Roxbury

Medium: TBD

Description:

This new work will be a welcome addition to the Frederick Douglas Peace Garden on Cabot Street, Roxbury. The sculpture will be incorporated into the ongoing Peace Garden activities, administered by the UNLR, Land Trust, Boston Natural Arca Network, African American Museum, and Gallery Basquiat. Since its inception, the Peace Garden has augmented the local community and served as a tribute to Frederick Douglas' legacy and his passion for freedom. This interactive artwork will celebrate Mr. Douglass’ achievements and contributions as a freedom fighter in the United States as well as his devotion to human rights. 

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Upham's Corner

Artist: Cedric Douglas

Location: Upham's Corner  

Location

Upham's Corner
United States
42° 18' 44.082" N, 71° 3' 50.4252" W

Neighborhood: Dorchester

Medium: TBA

Description:

The Boston Art Commission is pleased to announce that Cedric Douglas has been selected as the Upham's Corner Public Art Finalist. The Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), in collaboration with residents and a broad range of community-based partners, will commission Douglas to create an artwork for permanent display in the Upham’s Corner neighborhood of Dorchester as part of the exciting increase in transit access along the Fairmount Corridor. 

During the first phase of the public artwork, Cedric Douglas will gather community input, incorporating feedback from residents into his final design. Central to this stage of the design is Douglas' Up Truck, a mobile arts resource will serve the focal point for these community conversations. Once the final design is ready and the location has been selected, fabrication and installation of the permenant artwork will begin. 

The project seeks to contribute to the well-being of Fairmount communities by investing in the elevation and amplification of local cultural assets as one of many resources necessary for sustained community vitality. The goal of the project is to invest in neighborhood leadership and civic engagement through their cultural assets reinforcing opportunities for neighborhood branding, small business development and community vitality. 

Check back in the coming months for more updates on this exciting new public artwork, and click here to learn more about the project and chosen artist, Cedric Douglas.

Photo: Cedric Douglas' Up Truck

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Mattapan Library Sculpture

Artist:

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 16' 39.3492" N, 71° 5' 35.2212" W

Neighborhood: Mattapan

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Description:

The City has envisioned an iconic art element since selecting the award-winning architectural firm of William Rawn Associates to design the new Mattapan Branch, and it hopes the firm will help to enhance this landmark in the geographic heart of Mattapan. The exterior of the building features a striking, contemporary design, with clean lines and a wonderful play of granite, glass, masonry and wood. The branch is located at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue in Mattapan.

This project is funded by a grant from the Edward Ingersoll Browne Fund of the City of Boston. The Urban Arts Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design is serving as a consultant for the project.  

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Brighton Library Sculpture

Artist: Richard Duca

Location: Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library  

Location

Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library
40 Academy Hill Road Brighton, MA 02135
United States

Neighborhood: Brighton

Medium:

Description:

Working in tandem with the Boston Public Library and the Brighton Branch Library Public Art Committee, and in consultation with the City of Boston through the Boston Art Commission, artist Richard Duca will create a new sculpture for the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library. Then sculpture, titled "Wings of the Imagination," will consist of three large sculptural chairs arranged in a circle. Duca has previously worked with the Boston Public Library, installing the sculptural bike racks and guards at the Honan-Allston Branch of the Boston Public Library in 2006. 

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Native American Memorial

Artist: Lloyd Gray

Location: Boston Harbor Islands  

Location

Boston Harbor Islands
United States
42° 20' 43.2024" N, 70° 57' 15.1272" W

Neighborhood: Deer Island

Medium: stone

Description:

Mr. Gray designed this memorial for Native Americans on Deer Island, MWRA property, which was used as an internment camp for native Americans during the King Phillip War in the 1600's.  Installation is expected in the fall of 2013.

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