Self-Guided Design Tours

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week                        
   

Public Art in Boston Seaport

Artworks are free and outdoors to view indefinitely

Boston Seaport’s public art program is home to both permanent and rotating installations by internationally recognized artists such as Okuda San Miguel, Frank Stella, and Jon Burgerman, as well as locally designed works commissioned by its Design Seaport program. Seaport invites you to take a self-guided art tour of the neighborhood to learn more about its impressive public art program.   

  • Frank Stella | Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I), 1970, Seaport Boulevard

  • Okuda San Miguel | Air. Sea. Land., Seaport Boulevard

  • Just Kids | Boston is the New Boston, One Seaport Courtyard

  • Jon Burgerman | Looking Out For Each Other, One Seaport Courtyard

  • Design Seaport Spring 2021 Installations, SeaGreen Park & Harbor Way

 

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Public Art in Seaport

Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I), 1970

by Frank Stella on Seaport Boulevard

September 11 - October 24  Saturday & Sunday at 11AM  

Charles Riverboat Company: Architectural Cruise

This 90-minute tour, hosted by Charles Riverboat Company, offers spectacular views of historic and contemporary architecture along Boston Harbor, the Charles River Locks, and the Charles River basin. The tour— narrated by a guide from Boston By Foot and co-sponsored by BSA Space, a center for architecture and design—includes landmarks such as Marriott’s Custom House, the Prudential Building, and the Hancock tower, as well as cutting-edge contemporary design by today’s top architects. These are simply the best waterfront views of Boston and Cambridge.

 

Purchase tickets and learn more here: https://charlesriverboat.com/tours/architecture-cruises/

 

Architectural Cruise

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week     

Underground at Ink Block

90 Traveler Street, Boston, MA 02118

Underground at Ink Block located under the highway and is

easily accessible using public transportation and by pedestrian pathways from both the South End and South Boston.

Space is free and outdoors to enjoy indefinitely

Details at  https://undergroundinkblock.com/about-2

 

Underground at Ink Block, Boston’s new urban playground, is located under the highway between the city’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods. This urban park, cultural attraction and mixed-use parking facility is a space unlike anything seen before in this region.

Underground at Ink Block is the successful transformation of an 8-acre underpass located between Boston’s South End and South Boston neighborhoods into an active urban park, cultural attraction and parking amenity. Landscaped pedestrian boardwalks and bicycle paths along the Fort Point Channel create new connections between communities previously separated by highway infrastructure.

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Underground at InkBlock

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week     

The Rose Kennedy Greenway

Atlantic Ave, Boston

Daniel Gordon - through May 2022

“Each composition comprises found images of objects that Gordon prints, constructs, and arranges in three-dimensional collages. Gordon has recently exhibited his sculptural props as artworks in their own right and has created whole environments with his colleagues. The exhibition pushes that practice further by spanning the greenway in three bold bodies of new work.”

https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/danielgordon

The Herd, by Andy Li

“The Herd, Andy Li’s text and fiber-based installation, reflects on the Year of The Ox by channeling its most prominent zodiac attributes and the Ox’s ethic of perseverance through the repetition of text. In some mythology, the Ox was sent from the heavens to assist humankind and work with them to prevent famine. This year, the Ox has arrived during a very difficult time for the world. With the New Year, the Ox carries hope through determination, honesty, and patience. The Herd was envisioned to create a serene and unifying environment in Chin Park to remind us that, like a herd of oxen, we are in this together”

https://www.rosekennedygreenway.org/theherd

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Summer Still Life with Lobsters and Ferns by Daniel Gordon

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week     

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

51 Sandy Pond Rd, Lincoln, MA

More information can be found at: www.thetrustees.org

deCordova is internationally recognized as a major venue for the exhibition and interpretation of modern and contemporary outdoor sculpture. The Sculpture Park occupies the entire campus: 30 acres of beautifully landscaped lawns, forests, fields, gardens, and terraces on a rolling site along the shore of Flint’s Pond in Lincoln, Massachusetts. At any given time, approximately 60 sculptures are on display in the Sculpture Park, which is open every day during the summer and Wednesdays through Sundays during the winter. The Sculpture Park reveals to visitors a cross-section of how contemporary artists work outdoors, and how outdoor art enters into complex dialogues with sites and environmental conditions.

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deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week     

Now + There

Sites are free and outdoors to view indefinitely

More information can be found at: https://www.nowandthere.org/projects

Now + There supports artists and the public to create “bold public art experiences that open minds, conversations, and spaces across Boston, resulting in a more open, equitable, and vibrant city.” They are a public art curator challenging Boston’s cultural identity through compelling projects and artistic risks. The projects are temporary and sight-specific, hence the name.

 

Paul Goodnight, Larry Pierce, and Robert Murrell have a current exhibition at Grove Hall titled “No Strings Detached”.  Janet Zweig is partnering with Boston Common in an upcoming project. 

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Now + There: Breathe Life 3 Rob “Problak” Gibbs

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week     

Mount Auburn Cemetery

580 Mt Auburn St, Cambridge

More information can be found at:

https://mountauburn.org/visit/enjoy-mount-auburn/

There are many ways to experience Mount Auburn. It is a wonderful place to walk, to push a stroller, to look for wildlife, or to enjoy a bit of tranquility. We offer printed and electronic materials to help you learn more about the Cemetery’s history, the notable people buried here, the many monuments and buildings, and our plant collections. We also offer suggestions for exploring the Cemetery with young children.

If your main interest in coming to Mount Auburn is to take a leisurely stroll, the Cemetery offers miles of roads and paved paths to explore. We have two designated walking paths: an inner loop of 1 mile and outer loop of 2 miles.

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Mount Auburn Cemetery

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week     

Forest Hills Cemetery

95 Forest Hills Ave, Jamaica Plain, MA

More information can be found at:

http://www.foresthillscemetery.com/self-guided-scholars-tour/

Forest Hills Cemetery is one of the finest examples of the garden cemetery in the United States. It was founded in 1848 to provide a magnificent park-like setting to bury and remember family and friends. Set among the important jewels of Greater Boston’s “Emerald Necklace”— the linked collection of parks and green spaces (the “jewels”) that ring the city — Forest Hills Cemetery is a treasure trove of natural splendor and man-made beauty. In recognition of its unique qualities, Forest Hills Cemetery was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. 

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Forest Hills Cemetery

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week     

New England Landscape Design & History Association (NELDHA)

South End Walking Tour

More information can be found here:

https://www.neldha.org/walking-tours/walking-tour-south-end

NELDHA’s self-guided walking tour of Boston’s South End Green Spaces, takes the visitor into a neighborhood of historic residential and institutional properties, including a sampling of the historic garden squares along with newer parks and green spaces.  Originally the South End of Boston was a narrow strip of land called the "Neck", which connected the Shawmut Peninsula of Boston to the Roxbury mainland. In the mid-nineteenth century the City of Boston filled in the South End to remedy a housing shortage.  Today the South End is one of the largest urban Victorian neighborhoods in the United States. 

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South End Walking Tour: James Hayes Park

Ongoing Throughout Boston Design Week     

North of Boston

Murals

See their full offering here:

http://northofboston.org/murals-in-the-area/

The North of Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Inc. (NBCVB) is a private, nonprofit, membership based organization responsible for promotion of Essex County as a travel destination.  Their website hosts a treasure trove collection of more than 100 of  the region’s outdoor, walkable murals available free to the public at all times in 15 different communities.  

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Michele Boshar - Andover Village Square Mural