The last mural to cover the giant wall of the ventilation building on the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway ignited plenty of debate. Boy wrapped up in pajamas? Terrorist? Neither. What was it?
Whatever it was, that mural by the Brazilian artists Os Gemeos is gone and Friday afternoon its replacement was unveiled by the Institute of Contemporary Art, a 5,000-square foot seascape by the British-born artist Matthew Ritchie.
As Geoff Edgers previously reported, “The collaboration . . . is part of a residency for Ritchie that will include a multimedia performance with members of the rock bands The Breeders and The National, concerts at the museum and elsewhere, and a video project to be produced with the ICA’s teen program.”
In a release, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy said: “We are delighted to partner with the ICA to bring another internationally renowned artist’s work to the Greenway. Our temporary exhibitions keep things changing so park visitors will come back to see what’s new. We want the Greenway to be a destination for contemporary public art.”
Edgers is back at the mural site for the unveiling and will be talking to the artist, the museum, and spectators.