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Looking Out For Each Other: A new public art display in the Seaport

Be on the lookout for these happy “doodles” in the neighborhood!

See press release below:

Boston, MA – Boston Seaport announces its newest contemporary public art installation by artist  Jon Burgerman, who is widely renowned for his innovative ‘Doodle’ art style. Commissioned by Boston Seaport’s primary developer, Massachusetts-based WS Development, Burgerman’s latest work titled ‘Looking Out For Each Other’ tackles an urban landscape to create a series of fun, light-hearted characters to bring the community together during  a time of continued physical distancing. The work will be displayed in the public courtyard at One Seaport (60 Seaport Boulevard Boston MA) beginning on September 23, 2020.

Looking Out For Each Other’ will feature a mix of 2D and 3D characters like ‘Birdie’, donuts, hearts, and a fried egg visually interspersing retail storefronts; perching on benches; and standing next to trees. These characters will add to the energy in Seaport and facilitate a playful and uplifting experience for visitors and locals. Displays of artwork are between 3’ – 5’ feet in height and will be spaced throughout the courtyard at One Seaport to encourage social distancing, and allow for safe experiences around the art. To support the unveiling, Seaport will also host a digital conversation with Burgerman on September 23 to explore his work in greater detail. Burgerman is a contemporary British-born NYC-based graphic designer and artist. His work is placed between fine art, urban art and pop-culture, using humor to reference and question his contemporary milieu. Recent notable works include artwork for the award winning documentary film The Great Hip Hop Hoax (dir. Jeanie Finlay), which premiered at SXSW film festival, and the release of the creativity book ‘It’s Great To Create’ by Chronicle Books in 2017.

“Seaport’s public spaces are populated with a collection of beloved artworks. These pieces spark joy and inspiration for area residents, employees, and visitors. As the country turns to open-air spaces for leisure and for work, this outdoor art will serve more community members than ever before. Jon Burgerman’s installation is incredibly accessible and appealing to audiences of all ages. We couldn’t imagine a better exhibit for this time, or a better time for this exhibit,” says Debra Brodsky, Seaport Director of Marketing at WS Development.

“During this time of uncertainty, art and humor play an important role in keeping our spirits high and bright. Boston Seaport is an excellent canvas for this playful installation, and I am excited to create this fun experience for locals and visitors to enjoy daily,” says Jon Burgerman, Artist.

Seaport has worked with an array of local and international artists to bring 10 distinct public art installations to the district since 2017. Jon Burgerman’s installation will join a collection of existing commissioned works such as Damascus Gate (Stretch Variation I), 1970, Frank Stella’s mural reproduction of his seminal painting; and Air Sea Land, a series of seven exclusive sculptures by renowned Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel. Both works have become signature focal points along Seaport Boulevard.

For more information, please visit Boston Seaport at bostonseaport.xyz/jonburgerman.

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