The Greenway: Bringing Art to Life

Before spring officially arrives it is time to scope out some of the best public art in Boston. If you’re new to Boston or have just been avoiding the outdoors let us clue you in on a not so hidden secret: The Greenway.

The Greenway

The Greenway Conservancy consists of a mile-and-a-half of parks that are sustained with organic practices. Several public art installations are spread throughout the course of the park, but that’s not all that keep people coming back. It is also a truly family-friendly place with a new carousel, several water features, food and yes- free public Wi-Fi.

The Art

Now for the art. There are currently five different installations on display. The Greenway wall at Dewey Square Park is the backdrop for a piece by Mehdi Ghadyanloo entitled Spaces of Hope. The Iranian artist’s exhibit has been on display since November 2016 and has caught the eye of publications including the Boston Globe, the Associated Press, CNN Travel and more. The mural is a Ghandyanloo’s take on the nature of how people look at the future and the emotions they face when doing so. If you also want to see the work behind the piece, you should take a look at the video below! Furthermore, check out our highlight on this piece!

Rooster Machine

There’s a chance you’ve walked by this exhibit and never realized what it was. Make and Take is an installation that not only celebrates the Chinese New Year, but also hopes to spark a larger conversation. Chris Templeman’s piece is a 3D printer that is hard at work making roosters, which are dispensed like a vending machine and are free for the taking. The installation is supposed to remind viewers to think about how accessible technology is and how few materials it takes to create something. The exhibit is located in Chinatown park and is estimated to make a whopping 2,000 roosters this year.

Make and Take greenway art

Image Courtesy of The Greenway

Fence Feels

MAY THIS NEVER END is an installation that will definitely grab your attention. It is located between North and Clinton streets near Faneuil Hall. It reads: “Nothing’s for keeps. Except that we must keep going. You’ll spend you entire life searching, ok? We all want to belong. So let’s all get along. Make the most, and hope. May this never end.” The words are displayed on a fence in bright yellow high density polyethylene. The artist, Matthew Hoffman, has goals of bettering the world with his work. Search the hashtag #MayThisNeverEnd to see how people have been interacting with it so far!

May this never end greenway art

Image Courtesy of The Greenway

Other pieces that are located along the Greenway include Midden by Gianna Stewart and Pink Lines as Concentric Arches on Yellow (Boston Bloom) by Kawandeep Virdee. So, the next time you are thinking about exploring the city consider The Greenway. It is definitely worth a visit, whether it be on your lunch break or a Sunday morning!


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