Painting Begins on New Mural by Local Artist Mia Cross; Deinstallation Nears for Playful Perspectives Artworks

The Greenway Conservancy ( today announced a new public art commission, as well as upcoming deinstallation for several artworks currently on exhibit. Beginning this month, Boston-based artist Mia Cross will initiate the painting of a new mural in Lincoln Street Triangle located in the Leather District. Several artworks in the 2017 Playful Perspectives exhibit—including Mark Reigelman’s Meeting House and Meredith James’ Far From This Setting in Which I Now Find Myself—will be deinstalled over the next two weeks.

Cross’ mural, entitled We the People II, focuses on one of the most prominent hallmarks on human face: the eyes. The Mural will feature the eyes of people who live/work/pass through the Leather District. Through Cross’ distinct style of layering paint, leaving hints of former stages within the finished painting, she is able to create color relationships—sometimes harmonious, sometimes dissonant—stitching them together like a quilt. The mural sits amidst an innovative garden design and will replace Kawandeep Virdee’s Pink Lines as Concentric Arches on Yellow (Boston Bloom). Prep work begins today for Cross’ mural, which will be completed by the end of October. 

“Mia bridges the gap between art and audience through the use of light, line, space and the human figure”, said Greenway Public Art Curator Lucas Cowan. “Her use of color and texture delicately balances control and spontaneity, representing the diverse community where the mural will be placed”.

Other Greenway public artworks will remain on view for only a few more days. Mark Reigelman’s acclaimed Meeting House can be seen through October 6; the slanted yellow house has inspired playful photography all summer. October 8 is the last day for selfies in the perspective-distorting Ames Room created by artist Meredith James, installed near Hanover Street on The Greenway. Three works, part of Design Biennial Boston 2017—Another Axon by MALL Design, Primitive by Ultramoderne, and Blue Marble Circus by Design Earth—will be up through October 6, 10, and 11, respectively.  

“We’re sorry to say goodbye to works the public has loved so much, but excited to see Mia’s new mural” said Conservancy Executive Director Jesse Brackenbury. “We appreciate the support from philanthropists and other private sources to continue commissioning contemporary public art.”

In addition to Mia Cross’ mural, several current Greenway artworks will remain on exhibit into 2018. Chris Templeman’s Make and Take will continue to 3D-print roosters in Chinatown Park until the Year of the Rooster concludes in February. Mehdi Ghadyanloo’s Spaces Of Hope Greenway Wall mural in Dewey Square will continue to be visible across from South Station until Spring 2018. Also still on display is Ways of Wood by Daniel Ibañez, part of Design Biennial Boston 2017, near Pearl Street on The Greenway.