Public art displays popping up in every corner of Boston

Public art displays appearing around Boston

BOSTON — Take a walk around Boston, and you just might notice public art displays popping up in every corner of the city.

An apparent appetite for different expressions of art bringing lots of visual changes in a city rooted in the past.

The Seaport is just one representation of change in Boston, and with it has come an influx of over 300 artists and innovative pubic displays brought in from outside cities.

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Public exhibitions are changing the way people see art and the way its showcased in Boston.

Pass by the Boylston entrance to the Prudential, and you’ll be greeted by a colorful sequence of fabric just revealed by artist Justin Favela.

“The way to really get art out there is to make public art,” said Justin Favela, artist.

“You don’t have to pay to see it. You can see it on your way to work. It represents something special,” Favela said.

A Guatemalan-Mexican American, Favela believes his public piece, representing traditional dishes threaded together on a pinata, speaks to the roots of so many in the Boston area.

“Art is for the people and should be for the people,” Favela said.

Newly elected At-large Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia recalls a grittier time not all that long ago in Boston, where art displays mainly catered to a high brow crowd predominantly shown in galleries and places like the MFA and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.

“I think having art out in display is more culturally reflective of the community," said Mejia. “I grew up in the busing area and there wasn’t any art or any forms of ways to heal.”

Boston’s SoWa Art and Design District represents a new era in the way art is showcased in Boston.

Nearly 100 artists now work in these renovated warehouses.

Steven Silver came here about 15 years ago and many artists who were once based on Newbury Street moved here too.

“It’s a destination both for people in the area and also tourists,” said Silver.

Silver says the regular events and welcoming collection of galleries with a social setting have made art accessible to people from all walks of life.

“There is an appetite for looking at art, looking at good art, looking at the diversity of art and appreciating it,” Silver said. “For everyday people to have this exposure is such an amazing opportunity."

At illuminated field of lights in the Seaport District, there are a total of 28,000 plastic stalks, each with its own circular reflector.

This will be on display here through Feb. 2.

And a new colorful display over at the Prudential, that’ll be on display through March.