Boston Art Commission

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

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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Dear Boston: Messages from the Marathon Memorial

Artist:

Location: Boston Public Library  

Location

Boston Public Library
United States
42° 20' 58.6284" N, 71° 4' 38.658" W

Neighborhood: Back Bay

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Description:

The tragic events of April 15th, 2013 resulted immediately in an outpouring of support by first responders, runners, the local community and well-wishers from around the world. Almost immediately, a makeshift memorial began to take shape, first at the police barricade at the intersection of Boylston and Berkeley Streets and later at Copley Square. People from across the globe left flowers, posters, notes, t-shirts, hats, tokens of all shapes and sizes, and—most significantly—running shoes.

Each of the objects left at the memorial, whether giant banner or tiny scrap of paper, store-bought or handmade, was a message of love and support for grieving families and a grieving city. They were hope in material form, symbolizing the human desire to help, comfort, connect, and sustain when confronted with great tragedy.

In June 2013, the memorial was dismantled and these thousands of objects were transferred to the Boston City Archives for safekeeping. To mark the one year anniversary, a selection of items from the memorial collection will be displayed—in one of Boston’s most important civic buildings—so visitors can once again experience the outpouring of human compassion they represent.

Dear Boston has been organized by a partnership that includes the Boston City Archives, the Boston Art Commission, the New England Museum Association, and the Boston Public Library. It has been made possible with the generous support of Iron Mountain. The exhibition will be on view from Monday, April 7 through Sunday, May 11. 

Related Programs and Events

The BPL is hosting a series of programs and events in April to commemorate this important anniversary. Please visit the Boston Marathon Programs page to learn more.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), will open its doors on Saturday, April 19, 2014 for a free To Boston With Love Community Day—an opportunity for families in Boston and beyond to enjoy a day of art and fellowship. The Institute of Contemporary Art will also host a free day on Tuesday, April 15th. 

Many other organizations throughout the Greater Boston area are hosting commemorative events:  the BostonBetter blog includes listings and more information on programs, schedules, and participating institutions.

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The Joining Project

Artist: Anyone from avid to successful knitter across the US can participate

Location:  

Location

United States
42° 21' 14.958" N, 71° 5' 28.0068" W

Neighborhood: Back Bay

Medium: knit /crochet work and yarnbombing

Description:

This large-scale installation, directed by artist and curator Silvi Naci, is set to launch in early June. The project will be up through September 2014, and aims to cover the Massachusetts Avenue bridge with swaths of handmade crochet and knit pieces from members of the local community and volunteers from around the country. The quarter-mile long bridge spans the Charles river, connecting Boston and Cambridge. Thousands of "wish" tags with notes for a happier Boston will be hung on the bridge as well, all in response to Boston Marathon bombing. A warm, happy and wishful bridge will be born to join all our communities. Learn more about the project here- fuzzy submissions are still needed to cover this bridge in a blanket of friendship and comraderie. Please contact Silvi (contact@silvinaci.com) for more information of how to join or visit www.thejoiningproject.com

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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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Fields Corner

Artist: TBD

Location:  

Location

1545 Dorchester Ave
United States
42° 18' 0.0396" N, 71° 3' 36.6156" W

Neighborhood: Dorchester

Medium: TBD

Description:

Planning has begun for a new piece of public art in the Field's Corner area of Dorchester. The work is destined for Town Field park plaza, and dovetails with a redesign of the 5.5 acre park. While the concept behind the work will evlove over time, initial planning has focused on the theme of celebrating freedom. Plans for the site will be developed by spring of 2014, and the project is slated for completion by the end of the year. 

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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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Childe Hassam Park

Artist: Reno Pisano and Kahlil Gibran

Location: the corner of Columbus Avenue and Chandler Street  

Location

the corner of Columbus Avenue and Chandler Street
325 Columbus Ave Boston, MA
United States

Neighborhood: South End

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Description:

The Boston Art Commission, in collaboration with the Friends of Childe Hassam Park, will install a bronze relief of Childe Hassam by acclaimed artist Reno Pisano and a sculpture titled "Ad Astra" by Kahlil Gibran in the recently re-designed Childe Hassam Park. The mission of the Friends of Childe Hassam Park is to renovate and maintain the park located at the corner of Columbus Avenue and Chandler Street in Boston's historic South End Neighborhood. The park will have an arts theme to honor the arts community in the South End, the largest concentration of artists (visual and performing) in the city. It is named after an American Impressionist who was born, raised, educated in Boston and, for a time, lived and painted within a few blocks of the site. The Unveiling is set for Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 1:30pm. 

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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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Poe Returning to Boston

Artist: Stefanie Rocknak

Location: Poe Square, Boylston and Charles Street South  

Location

Poe Square, Boylston and Charles Street South
United States
42° 21' 8.5824" N, 71° 4' 2.28" W

Neighborhood: Downtown

Medium: Bronze

Description:

Following the celebration of the Edgar Allan Poe bicentenary in 2009, the downtown intersection of Boylston and Charles Street South was renamed after the author, and the Edgar Allan Poe Foundation of Boston, Inc. began spearheading the development of a new permanent public sculpture to honor Poe's Boston roots. Sculptor Stefanie Rocknak's design was selected from the original 265 proposals, and her life-sized bronze statue, titled Poe Returning to Boston, will be unveiled on October 5th, 2014.

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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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