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Air Sea Land: A new art installation in the Seaport District

If you love public art, you’ll love this new and exciting art instillation right here in the neighborhood!  Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel has unveiled seven large scale sculptures located throughout the Seaport District!  See press release below!

In its most extensive and exciting art installation yet, Seaport transforms the district’s eponymous thoroughfare with the unveiling of Air Sea Land by world-renowned Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel. Commissioned and funded by WS Development in partnership with global creative house and curator Justkids, this vibrant kaleidoscope of seven large-scale sculptures was designed specifically for display within Seaport’s sweeping cityscape. The work’s 8 to 12-foot sculptures are placed at deliberate intervals on the Seaport Boulevard landscaped medians at each pedestrian crossing, creating a public art corridor stretching from Sleeper Street to Pier Four Boulevard. These multi-colored, monumental pieces create an entirely new visual experience, one which is furthered by Seaport’s presentation of Okuda as the Feature Artist at HUBWeek 2018 on City Hall Plaza. www.bostonseaport.xyz/okuda

Launching his career in his hometown of Santander, Spain, Okuda soon received global recognition for his geometric surfaces and multi-colored ephemeral architectures. With Air Sea Land, Okuda brings his talents to Boston for the first time, allowing art to inspire and unite Seaport as it visually anchors the neighborhood and connects it graphically and thematically to other works and points across the city. Moved by Seaport’s tangible coexistence of air, sea, and land, Okuda created an iconic rainbow using organic shapes, forms, and symbols. The installation invites imagination as it explores some of Okuda’s favored themes – the tale of life and coexistence, and the mythological edge where the animal kingdom meets with the human world.

“Art must be present in public spaces constantly and my mission is to transform these spaces in a way that further enhances the passerby’s experience. I aim to create vibrant places that are filled with color and positivity, helping and hoping to change the lives of people. I want people to stop looking at the pavement and start looking up and around,” says Okuda San Miguel.
 
“We are always looking for exciting new ways to enhance the Seaport neighborhood experience through beautiful and welcoming world-class public spaces. We are thrilled to welcome Okuda to Boston and we hope visitors from across the city and around the world are surprised and delighted by this extraordinary installation,” says Yanni Tsipis, Senior Vice President, Seaport at WS Development.
 
“We love bringing public art to Boston in impactful ways, and we extend a warm welcome to Okuda for this exciting public installation. We are grateful to WS Development for making this major commitment to a major public art installation in the Seaport District,” said Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston.
 
Coinciding with the unveiling of Air Sea Land, Okuda’s iconic pop-surrealist style extends to City Hall Plaza, as he’s completed the feature art wall at HUBWeek 2018 to further celebrate his presence in Seaport. Titled Mermaids and Other Magical Creatures, the theme of this 40 x 18-foot mural is directly influenced by the Seaport sculptures, and the work explores respect, diversity and harmony between beings and with their environment. The wall was painted live by the artist and will remain on display through the final day of the HUBWeek Festival on October 14.

image: “Creation: Light” Photographed by Mike Diskin

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