Where to Find Public Art in Boston

While you can always catch dozens of great exhibitions throughout SoWa's thriving gallery district, today we want to highlight the art popping up around Boston. These public art pieces are a must see, installed from Commonwealth Ave to the Seaport and the Emerald Necklace:

1. Now + There Open House

Open House is a public installation by Boston- born artist Liz Glynn. The piece transforms the Commonwealth Avenue Mall into the ruins of a ballroom reminiscent of a nineteenth century, upscale living space, all the while providing commentary on the societal exclusivity that have constructed and continue to reconstruct. “With this revision, the artist invites the public to enjoy a previously exclusive interior space that is now open and accessible to all.”

Located at 490 and 499 Commonwealth Avenue Mall, Kenmore Square in Boston. The complete installation will be in place through November 4. Presented by Now + There and made possible by the Public Art Fund.

Photos from Now + There and Ryan McMahon.

2. Fog x FLO

In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Boston’s Emerald Necklace Conservatory, “Fog x FLO introduces park visitors to the internationally renowned 'fog sculptures' of Japanese artist Fujiko Nakaya. These five sculptures mark five decades of Nakaya's career and complement Frederick Law Olmsted’s  enduring designs for the Emerald Necklace parks.”  This outdoor art installation was curated by Boston's Jen Mergel. The sculptures will be on view through October 31st, 2018 at Clemente Field, Back Bay Fens; Leverett Pond, Olmsted Park; Brookline, Jamaica Pond; Hunnewell Hillside, Arnold Arboretum; and Overlook Ruins, Franklin Park. You can navigate this public art presentation via the mobile web application at fogxflo.info or by the directions in this link: https://www.emeraldnecklace.org/20th/visit/

Photography: Melissa Ostrow

3. Carving Out Fresh Options: Shara Hughes at the Rose Kennedy Greenway

In partnership with deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Brooklyn-based artist Shara Hughes has created her first large-scale mural at the Rose Kennedy Greenway. Carving Out Fresh Options uses bold colors and perspectives to create a fictional landscape that contrasts those of the surrounding city of Boston.

On View May 18, 2018 - May 31, 2019

Shara Hughes, Carving Out Fresh Options, 2018, Mural, 70 x 76 feet, Courtesy of the Greenway Conservancy. Photo credit: Todd Mazer Photography