After last month’s Boston Marathon bombing, tributes to the city poured in from around the world. At Yankee Stadium, “Sweet Caroline” boomed through speakers. In London, runners stood in a moment of silence. And in a gesture of solidarity revealed Tuesday, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art made an offer the Museum of Fine Arts could not refuse.
The Met gave the MFA a list of prized works it was willing to lend as a show of support. The resulting three-painting loan and an MFA trustee’s donation have led to what the museum has dubbed the “Boston I Love” Memorial Day weekend, announced by the museum Tuesday.
Over the three-day weekend, May 25-27, the MFA will waive its $25 admission fee and will host special exhibitions to honor the city and the victims of the bombing.
In one installation, hundreds of quilt squares from around the world, created to offer support and promote peace, will be tied together and strung across the Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Family Courtyard, like Tibetan prayer flags.
The installation, “To Boston With Love,” is being organized by a pair of quilters who connected on the Internet, Berene Campbell of Vancouver, British Columbia, and West Newbury’s Amy Friend, a quilter with a popular blog, “During Quiet Time.”
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