The past year proved to be one of the more imaginative for Boston. Residents and visitors were witness to a public art renaissance supported by the culturally adept Walsh administration. Mayor Walsh brought back the formerly defunct Chief of Arts and Culture cabinet-level position, the Rose Kennedy Greenway tapped a new public arts curator and municipal buildings like the brutalist City Hall are slowly but surely becoming more vibrant.
Perhaps the most significant achievement, though, when it comes to the arts in Boston is Mayor Walsh’s affinity for spreading it to the city’s most outer neighborhoods. The focus is no longer on the downtown area or the Innovation District. The mayor has made it a point to bring the likes of Fields Corner in Dorchester and Dudley Square in Roxbury.
Back in July we pondered whether the arts in Boston would not only be sustainable, but thrive wildly. The answer: hell yes.
In the spirit of reflecting on the past year and celebrating Boston’s renewed artistic nature, we thought it pertinent to flip through the archives to determine our favorite public art installments in 2014.
Keep in mind this list is completely subjective and based on nothing more than our own likes, interests and tastes. After all, as the age-old cliché reminds us, beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
Have some public art favorites of your own? Let us know what they are and where in the comments section below.