There’s nothing like a walk in the park on a summer night — except it can get dark. So this summer, the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy is turning on the lights — in an unconventional way. Starting this month, the Conservancy is adding several light-based public art installations, adding to the park’s already extensive art collection — and providing some illumination in the process.
The first piece — or pieces — will be eight vintage neon signs owned by Malden-based collector Dave Waller (inset). The signs, which belonged to local businesses from the mid-1920s to the 1970s, are meant to be historical reminders of Boston before urban renewal and gentrification. They’ll be installed by the Rings Fountain, between India and State streets.
Second will be “Transition,” created by the pair of artists known as Luftwerk. The piece by Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero alludes to the Big Dig and the infamous section of I-93 that once bisected downtown Boston. Using wire frames, the pair will create a tunnel of lights over the section of the park between Oliver and High streets.
Finally, Somerville-based artist Anne Lilly will lend her talents to the Greenway with “Temple of Mnemon,” a kinetic, mirror-based sculpture that’ll allow passersby reflect on their place in the communities.
“These installations will appeal to a diverse range of audiences” Jesse Brackenbury, Greenway Conservancy executive director, said in a statement. “We encourage visitors to come for one of our 400 free events and stay into the evening for the light-based artworks and our beer gardens.”