New Dewey Square Mural Will Be Unveiled This Friday
It's not quite as colorful, but it's way more intricate.
The colorfully controversial Dewey Square mural that depicted a young boy in his pajamas, squeezed into a space on one of MassDOTâ€™s structures along the Greenway, is no more.
But by Friday, passerby mingling around South Station will have a new piece of artwork to judge and gawk at, as the city officially unveils the latest installation on the side of the Air Intake building located between Summer and Congress Streets.
The new 70-foot-by-70-foot muralâ€”titled Remanence: Salt and Light (Part II)â€”â€śdraws inspiration from Bostonâ€™s history and waterfront location,â€ť according to featured artist Matthew Ritchie, who will be at the unveiling of the project on the Greenway this on September 20.
â€śMatthew Ritchie uses abstractions on a very grand scale to visualize information about systems of time, the creation of the universe, theories in physics, and the history of art,â€ť said Jill Medvedow, Ellen Matilda Poss Director of the ICA. â€śWeâ€™re thrilled to bring the evocative beauty and the dynamic history of abstract painting into the daily public life in Boston.â€ť
The mural is the second partnership between officials from the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, and curators at the Institute of Contemporary Art, who helped rope in Ritchie for this particular painting. Ritchie got the help of several other artists in order to cover the massive space.
â€śWe are delighted to partner with the ICA to bring another internationally renowned artistâ€™s work to the Greenway,â€ť said Jesse Brackenbury, COO of the Conservancy group. â€śOur temporary exhibitions keep things changing so park visitors will come back to see whatâ€™s new. We want the Greenway to be a destination for contemporary public art.â€ť
The ICA announced in June that the first-ever mural, by Brazilian brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo, who go by â€śOs Gemeos,â€ť would be replaced. Since the end of August, painters have been working diligently to cover the once hotly debated artwork, in order to prep the space for Ritchieâ€™s vision.Â Friday’s unveiling will include an interactive musical element as well.
According to a statement, the new mural marks the start of Ritchieâ€™s 18-month residency at the ICAâ€”organized by Jenelle Porter, ICA Mannion Family Senior Curatorâ€”that encompasses several major works and will activate the entire museum through installation, sound, performance, and video.
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