The Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, aka ”The Greenway,” is a different type of public park. A now integral part of Boston’s cultural scene The Greenway quickly established itself as a contemporary park with a unique mission and vision through its commitment to creating a sustainable green space and innovative programming.
Opened in 2008 The Greenway occupies a space that was once the Southeast Expressway, and which gained notoriety because of The Big Dig. This 1.5 mile public park runs parallel to the Boston Waterfront and extends all the way from Chinatown to the North End. The series of small parks that make up The Greenway include features such as a botanical garden, water fountains, Beer Garden and carousel but it also plays host to a wide variety of other activities like art markets, food trucks, performances and a generous selection of both long term and seasonal public art which includes murals, sculptures, mosaics, and installations which you will encounter as you visit.
Set against the back drop of The Rose Fitzgerald Greenway this Art Walk is a relaxing 2.0 miles and while The Greenway is one of the places in Boston I like to visit the most. Weekends are without question the busiest time to visit so please keep that in mind as you plan your trip. Please keep in mind as you explore that as the seasons change and the weather gets colder some of the art is put into storage so it doesn’t get damaged in the colder months. In my experience The Greenway is one of the most easily accessible areas of the city as you can reach it via multiple T-Stops, bus, by bike and on foot. For more information about the Rose Fitzgerald Greenway please check their website and as always, live creatively and travel safely.
Download Map & List of Art Work
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ART WALK STATS
Map Updated on August 25, 2022
Total Distance: About 2 miles / 3.21 kilometers
Estimated Time: 1 – 1:15 (depending on how fast you want to go)
Closest Subway: South Station – Red Line, Aquarium – Blue Line, Haymarket – Orange Line
Food Options: This Art Walk touches multiple neighborhoods that are notable for having good food this includes Chinatown, Downtown, the North End and the Seaport is just over the bridge(s). There are also frequently food trucks spotted throughout. If you need more specific suggestions I suggest you peruse Eater Boston.
ART WORK LIST
Instagram handles and websites included where available
- Sampsan Sail by Unknown. Corner of Essex St. and Surface Road
- Bamboo Garden, Waterfall and Serpentine Path, Designed by unknown
- Chinatown Gate, 1982
- 2 Guardians. In front of the Chinatown Gate
- “Clear Weather in the Valley” by Unknown. Banner wrap, reproduction of painting in the MFA
- “Untitled Mural” by Boston Youth Conservation Corps (date unknown)
- “Tianamen Memorial, across from Chinatown Gate
- “Year of the Tiger” by Cheryl Wing-Zi Wong, 2022 @cherylwzw
- “Engulf” by Juan Travieso, 2018 @juantraviesoart
- “Breathe Life Together” by Problak, 2022 @problak
- “Harbor Fog” by Ross Miller
- “Light Blades” by Dennis Carmichael (in two locations)
- “Thank You For Being Here” by Mithsuca Berry, 2022 @mythsooka (hanging between “Light Blades”)
- “Rings Fountain” by unknown
- “Boston Harbor Islands Pavilion” @bostonharborislands
- “Carousel” @rosekennedygreenway
- “The Labryinth” by Unknown
- “Abstract Sculpture” by Unknown
- Electrical Box Mosaic by Eddie Bruckner, 2020 @eddiebrucknerfineart
- “Five Marble Leaves” by Claudio Comte, 2022 (in park in Front of New England Aquarium) @claudiacomte
- “Protect the Blue Planet” by Shepard Fairy, 2021 (Mural in front of the New England Aquarium) @obeygiant
- “Dolphins of the Sea” 1977 by Katherine Lane Weems (1899-1989), (on Harborwalk, between garage and harbor.
- 255 State Street Glass Mosaic, by Unknown 2007
- “Untitled Landscape” by David Von Schlegell, 1964
- “Asaroton” by Mags Harries, 1976 (reinstalled in 2019) Blackstone Street. Sidenote: If you are visiting on the weekend, Haymarket is probably going to be set up on top of it, so it might not be visible.
- Garage Door Murals by Ben Jundanian @benjundanian. Blackstone Street.
- New England Holocaust Memorial. Dedicated in 1995. Designed by Stanley Saitowitz. http://www.nehm.org
The Greenway 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.
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