Public Art

Discover innovative and contemporary art on the Greenway through free, temporary exhibitions. The art is always changing so come back to see what’s new!

Future Exhibitions

In September 2014, the Conservancy will partner with the MFA and Artist Shinique Smith to create a new mural on the Greenway Wall at Dewey Square Park.  For more information, visit our Shinique Smith Mural page.

World Renowned, Local Artist Janet Echelman will create an Aerial Sculpture to Float about the Rose Kennedy Greenway in the Spring of 2015.  This comtemporary public art project is made possible by a challenge grant from the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation.  Read our announcement. or visit our Janet Echelman Aerial Sculpture page.

Current Exhibitions

The Fence has returned to the Greenway with a new exhibition of photographs on both sides of Greenway Parcel 12. It opened on Friday, May 2, 2014 and will close in mid-October, 2014.

Thanks to the Magneta Foundation, the Flash Forward Festival, Photoville NYC, and MassDOT for their support of The Fence.

 Matthew Ritchie, Remanence: Salt and Light  (Closes August 25, 2014)
The Greenway Conservancy partnered with ICA/Boston to commission a mural in Dewey Square Park. on exhibit until Monday, August 25th. Matthew Ritchie’s work draws inspiration from Boston’s history and waterfront location, and features a unique digital component with music by Bryce Dessner (The National) and a short film by the artist, accessible by all wireless devices.

Recent Past Exhibitions

Flash Forward Festival - Temporary Galleries

During the month of May 2014, we hosted three temporary shipping container galleries with three Flash Forward Festival exhibitions, including I am Wale, Respect Me, Seekers and Take Me There.  Due to delays in printing the Fence, we'll be open on Friday, May 2nd.  More info on the Flash Forward Festival website.

The Fence
The Flash Forward Festival together with PhotovilleNYC produced the FENCE, an outdoor exhibition of photography, located on the ramp parcel between Armenian Heritage Park to the south and the North End Parks to the North.

Os Gemeos mural
From August 1 – November 25, 2012, the Institute of Contemporary Art presented the first solo exhibition in the United States of Brazilian twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo. The Rose Kennedy Greenway partnered with the ICA as a site for an accompanying public mural at Dewey Square Park. The exhibited mural was on display through September 2013.

More Past Exhibitions

Permanant Installations

Harbor Fog
By Boston artist, Ross Miller features three vertical stainless steel sculptural beacons, inspired by Boston Harbor navigational buoys, billows of fog, LEDs, and a sound system, are surrounded by recycled granite seawall stones placed in the shape of a boat.  Harbor Fog is located in the Wharf District Parks and is motion sensitive to people who walk by, or children playing, all of which activate the unique sculpture, and make it a great place to both play and relax on warm days.

The Abstract Sculpture, located in Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway, is a split dodecahedron mounted on a reflecting pool, represents the immigrant experience. Annually, the two halves are reconfigured symbolic of all who pulled away from their country of origin and came to the Massachusetts shores, establishing themselves in new and different ways. The water of the Reflecting Pool wash over its sides and re-emerge as a single jet of water at the center of the Labyrinth, representing hope and rebirth. The Sculpture is dedicated to lives lost during the Armenian Genocide of 1915-1923 and all genocides that have followed.

The Labyrinth, located in Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway, is a circular winding path paved in granite and set in lawn, celebrates life's journey. A single jet of water and the symbol of eternity mark its center. Art, Service, Science and Commerce are etched around its circle in tribute to accomplishments and contributions made to American life and culture.

Public Art Strategy

The Greenway Conservancy recently completed the planning process for a Five Year Public Art Strategy. Learn more about the process and our plans for public art on the Greenway.

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