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Five Hidden-Gem Outdoor Sculpture Parks to Visit on a Quick Trip from Boston

After months of finding yourself cooped up inside, chances are your eyes would love a glimpse at something bolder than your four walls. Luckily, these […]

City Life

The Roxbury Love Mural Has Been Destroyed to Make Way for an Apartment Complex

In 2014, graffiti artist and designer Ricardo Gomez, better known as Deme5, finally got the green light to start production on a major community project—a […]

City Life

What Should Cambridge’s Monument to Women’s Suffrage Look Like?

Two years ago, Cambridge teen Sofia Bernstein, along with her mother, Kim, began a push to commemorate more women in public arts projects around the […]

City Life

Eleven Urban Oddities to Discover on Your Next Walk Around Boston

The problem: You’ve been cooped up during the pandemic, you desperately need some fresh air, and you’re sick and tired of making the same six-block […]

City Life

These Photographers Documented Quarantined Families on Their Front Porches

When everything changed on March 12 in Needham with the town’s first confirmed case of COVID-19, friends Cara Soulia and Kristen Collins were in shock. […]

Arts & Entertainment

A Glowing, Swaying Field of 28,000 Lights Is Sprouting in the Seaport

For the third year in a row, a giant glowing art exhibition is on its way to the Seaport this winter. This latest spectacle, which […]

Arts & Entertainment

Photo Opp Alert: Four Giant Flower Sculptures Have Sprouted at Assembly Row

While we might be slowly and inevitably crawling toward the cold season, this is one garden that won’t be going anywhere as the temperature drops. Assembly […]

Arts & Entertainment

A New Boston Common Photo Exhibit Explores the Stories of Former Gang Members

For Mayor Marty Walsh, it was alcoholism. For Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, it was trauma. For NFL broadcaster Andrea Kramer, sexism. Everyone knows that success doesn’t always […]

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City Life

“Make Way for Ducklings” Artist Unveils New Sculpture

There’s a turtle in Beacon Hill—but don’t worry, she’s good with kids. Myrtle the Turtle, a four-foot-long bronze replica of a Kemp’s Ridley turtle, was unveiled […]

Arts & Entertainment

New Seaport Public Art: Light-Up “Retro-Futuristic” Railway Handcars

New art inspired by old-timey railway handcars, vintage cartoons, and neon, will be debuting in the Seaport on Friday—the latest quirky, brightly colored (and totally […]

City Life

Floating Coral Reef in Fort Point Channel May Have Saved a Life

The artist behind a piece of floating artwork in the Fort Point Channel is awestruck today after his ocean-themed art project may have saved the life of […]

Arts & Entertainment

A Whimsical Art Boat in the Fort Point Channel Has Sunk, but Will Float Again

An ocean-themed floating art project that set sail in Boston’s Fort Point Channel over the weekend has ended up, well, under the sea. But fear not: A […]

City Life

The Five Ambitious Proposals for a New MLK Memorial in Boston Common

A few things are certain about the memorial that will one day be erected in Boston Common: It will be big, bold, and ambitious, and […]

Arts & Entertainment

New Public Art Brings an Opulent Ballroom to the Comm. Ave. Mall

In 1888, the Commonwealth Avenue Mall opened as one of the first public spaces available to all Bostonians. At the same time, Boston’s elite were enjoying […]

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Arts & Entertainment

Boston Artist Honors Freddie Gray with New Abstract Piece

Jarring images of the arrest that led to Freddie Gray’s death inundated the internet in April 2015. In one photo, the 25-year-old black man was limply carried off the […]