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Downtown Crossing Public Art Installation

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  • With the growth and revitalization of the Downtown Crossing neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts there existed a lot of major construction projects. The city approached 160over90 and myself to create signage that would wrap around the facade of the construction, and also express the neighborhoods key message, “Downtown Crossing is Boston’s meeting place.” Rather than signage alone we chose to create a public art installation, using everyone in the neighborhood as our subject matter. We wanted to remind people to slow down and meet someone new in Downtown Crossing.

    We staged a week long photo shoot, where we photographed close to 1,000 portraits of people passing through the neighborhood. These photos were then assembled into large prints that covered all the major construction projects in Downtown Crossing. The colorful circles with the word “MEET” were placed between each portrait, suggesting to passersby to stop and meet someone new in the neighborhood.