On a beautiful Spring, Summer or Fall day we consider ourselves quite fortunate to have the Rose Kennedy Greenway just steps away from our office. The result of Boston’s infamous “Big Dig” and more than a decade of planning and construction, the Greenway is a mile and a half of contemporary parks in the heart of Boston that connect people in the city with beauty and fun. Besides the plethora of parks and variety of food trucks, one of our favorite things about the Greenway is the abundance of art. From sculptures to murals the innovative and contemporary exhibits are constantly changing and always a treat to take in. Best of all, they are free!
One of our favorite instillation’s is the monumental sculpture hovering hundreds of feet above (you read that right) the Greenway. ”As If It Were Already Here” from internationally renowned local artist, Janet Echelman, is a must see in our opinion. The soft, billowing sculpture is designed to respond to the forces of nature – wind, water and light. The piece is mesmerizing during the day but when lit at night creates a particularly powerful impact. Although the exhibit is temporary, you have till early October to sit beneath the knotted fiber sculpture and admire it’s whimsy!
This past June, the Greenway unveiled their newest public installation in the Chinatown section of the park. Located just around the corner from our office we love seeing these cute, paper sheep on our way to and from the train. Did you know 2015 is the Year of the Sheep? ”Wandering Sheep” is the first in a series of animal exhibits based on the Chinese zodiac and in 2016 the exhibit will feature monkeys! The new art in the Southern area of the park is a great way to connect this sometimes forgotten end to the rest of the Greenway.
Last, but certainly not least, is the 70 x 76 foot Shinique Smith mural in Dewey Square. Installed in September 2014, “Seven Moon Junction” will be on display through August 2015 – so catch it before it’s gone! Inspired by the intersection where the mural resides, the merging of people and the joining of art and life, Smith’s mural is centered by a constellation of fabrics patterned with bursting fireworks and flowers. We love grabbing a bite to eat at a nearby food truck and basking in the sun beneath this larger than life piece, but can’t wait to see the what’s on deck for September!
Whether it’s a long walk down the Greenway on a perfect Saturday or a 10 minute break from the office we urge you to catch these unique exhibitions before they are gone and while the sun is still shining. As much as we hate do admit it, we’ll be buried in snow and huddled indoors before we know it!