The Seaport is a neighborhood being reimagined. Regardless of how you may feel about that there is an undeniable optimism to the changes that are being made, both big and small. Walking over Fort Point Channel and down the main streets you see a bustling neighborhood with boutiques, museums, parks and restaurants that is still going through some growing pains but has a definite vision for its future.
It was much to my delight that I discovered that there was also a place for public art in that vision and there was a lot more public art than I initially anticipated. As a slight departure from my previously published tours the work in this area leans heavily towards the sculptural and the abstract with many of the works seeming to take thematic cues from the region and of course the ocean.
With 28 different stops this is currently my only art walk to include museums along the route (both the Boston Children’s Museum and The Institute of Contemporary Art are noted on the map) and much like the East Boston Art Walk if you veer slightly off the path for a few moments you can get an incredible view of the Boston Skyline from the Harbor Walk. As one of the newer neighborhoods of the city I think this is often one of the least understood and while I can’t really claim to have any great insight, I will say that with the cool ocean breezes and the abundance of activities make for a lovely and very unique experience.
This is a very busy neighborhood so as always, please respect the neighborhood and the people who live and work there, and have a safe visit.
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ART WALK STATS
Map Updated on August 27, 2022
Total Distance: About 3 miles/4.82 Kilometers
Estimated Time: 1.5 Hours
Closest Subway: South Station – Red Line, Courthouse – Silver Line, Congress Street @ World Trade Center – Silver Line
Food Options: If you are looking for recommendations I suggest checking out Boston Eater
ART WORK LIST
Instagram handles and websites included where available
- “PYR14” by Don Eyles, 2014 (floating pyramid). Between Summer and Congress Street. http://www.doneyles.com
- “Giant Hood Milk Bottle” by Arthur Gagner, 1934. 306 Congress Street
- “Tides” by Tomek Sandurski, 2018. Farnsworth & Congress Street (Patterned black & white panels) tomeksadurski.art
- “Creation: Light” by @okudart 2018
- “Looking out for Each Other” by Jon Burgerman. 2020 60 Seaport Blvd (Mural & Installed sidewalk pieces) @jonburgerman
- “Boston is the new Boston” by Half Studio and Just Kids. 2018. 29 Northern Ave. halfstudio.net
- “Creation: Water” by @okudart 2018
- “Damascus Gate” by Frank Stella, 1970. 72 Seaport Blvd (Geometric mural above entrance way).
- “Mythology: Being 1”by @okudart 2018
- “Mythology: Being 2” by @okudart 2018
- “Natural Balance: Coexistence” by @okudart 2018
- “Diversity: Domestic” by @okudart 2018
- “Diversity: Wild” by @okudart 2018
- Massachusetts Fallen Heroes Memorial by James Carpenter & Reed Hildebrand, Opened in 2016 In Marina Park, close to ICA. massfallenheroes.org
- “I love You, All Of You” by Ryan Adams. 2021 111 Autumn Lane (Garage Doors). @ryanwritesonthings
- “The Passage” by 1010 (Ten-ten), 2022 @1010zzz 111 Harbor Way. (colourful concentric shapes above doorway)
- “Parade” by Tomislav Topic, 2022 @topic_tomislav 111 Harbor Way. Go Inside, it’s on the left (Hanging Rainbow Installation).
- “A Sea Bird” by @strega_maria 2021 (basketball court mural). 21 Stillings Street
- “Tides” by Janet Tan, 2021. 23-27 Stillings Street. (Installation on side of building)
- “Leviathan” by Wendy M Ross. 2002 Ross Sculpture Studio (approx at B Street and Seaport Ave). Across from the Commonwealth Pier right on the corner. rosssculpturestudio.com
- “Atrape Soleil” by Daniel Buren, 2013. Corner of Seaport Boulevard and D Street. Eastport Park Sculpture Garden. Installed in 2022
- “Chords” by David Phillips, 2000 (Multi-piece installation) Eastport Park Sculpture Garden. D Street & Congress
- “The Four Seasons I-IV” by Sam Hall, 2019 Eastport Park Sculpture Garden. D Street & Seaport Boulevard. Installed in 2022
- “Fish Bench” Judy McKie Eastport Sculpture Park.
- “The Partisans” Andrzej Pitynski (1979) Sculpture on an island on D Street.
- “Gables Seaport Graphic Mural” by Artists for Humanity 2021 @afh. Congress Street to World Trade Center Avenue, Next to World trade Center Silver Line Stop. On Stairs
- “Swing Time” by Meejin Yoon and Eric Höweler. Lawn on D. 420 D Street Boston.
- “Dragon” by Unknown, 2022. On the Left side of the entrance to the Lawn on D.
- “Starry Night” by Lisa Greenfield and Daniel J Ackere. Light Installation (on the underside of the Summer Street Bridge, this is really only visible at night)
The Chinatown Art Walk map and tour is part of The Art Walk Project © Julia Swanson, 2022. To learn more about it and see other Art Walks please visit my website jscreatesonline.com.