03.14.2013 | Urban Planning, Dewey Square

In August 2012, I joined creative forces with a group of friends, artists, collaborators--and Lumen Collective was formed. Tonight, we present our first ever collective project: Urban Planning: A History of Public vs. Private Space in the Heart of Downtown Boston, a multimedia public artwork on Dewey Square Park for the Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy's 2012/13 Winter Lights Festival.

The site-specific installation highlights an LED rope light plot of the buildings that once stood on the park's grounds, prior to the 1950's construction of the raised Central Artery Highway that displaced over 10,000 residents and destroyed 1,000 buildings when the land was claimed by the City of Boston via eminent domain. An accompanying sound-scape will be available only on the night of the opening (March 14, 2013) to imagine the commercial and industrial noise that may have issued from the businesses that formerly stood in Dewey Square.

This project has been a tremendous undertaking, particularly in terms of historical research that has taken us deep into city archives, family histories, and urban planning policy. Read our research statement here. The entire creative process has also been a trial by fire lesson in negotiation and collaboration. Overall, an amazing opportunity to work on a public art project supported by the Greenway Conservancy and Boston's Integrated Design Group. A huge learning experience all around.

Boston after the construction of the Central Artery, 1960. North Station at upper left, Dewey Square at lower left.

For more information:
Visit lumencollective.tumblr.com
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Email lumenartcollective@gmail.com
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Urban Planning article on Big Red & Shiny
Interview with Lumen's Brooke Scibelli for Northeastern University's CitySMARTS

Hope to see everyone tonight, Thursday March 14th!
6-7:30pm Opening Event at Dewey Square (between Summer & Congress St)
7-9pm After Party at Good Life Bar (28 Kingston St, Boston)

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