A new mural is coming to the Greenway

Shara Hughes
Gertraud Presenhuber
Shara Hughes.

One of the highlights of strolling along the Rose Kennedy Greenway is viewing the mural on the building at Dewey Square Park across from South Station. Among the most conspicuous pieces of public art in the city, there have been five installations on the air-intake structure.

Make that six.

The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy will announce Monday that it’s partnering with the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum for a new mural by acclaimed artist Shara Hughes. A landscape titled “Carving Out Fresh Options,” the mural is scheduled for installation between May 18-24.


“Shara’s new approach in abstracted landscapes are unique, yet familiar,” Lucas Cowan, Public Art Curator for the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, said in a statement. “She allows the viewers to step away from the ordinary and into a phantasmal vista of hyper-saturated brushstrokes and invented terrains.”

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Two previous Greenway murals — “Seven Moon Junction” by Shinique Smith and “The Giant of Boston” by the Brazilian twins known as Os Gemeos — were recognized by the Public Art Network as among the best public art in the country.

The large-scale mural is a first for Hughes (inset), who renders her landscapes in vivid, hallucinatory colors. To create the work, the Brooklyn-based artist, who studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine and the Rhode Island School of Design, painted a diptych canvas. (That’s on display at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum through next May.) Her vision will be executed by professionally trained muralists Overall Murals.

“A standout of the celebrated 2017 Whitney Biennial, Shara Hughes has pioneered new paths in contemporary landscape painting,” John Ravenal, executive director at deCordova, said in a statement. “We are delighted to present her exuberant work on a monumental scale at Dewey Square. Partnering with The Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy on this commission underscores our shared commitment to creating exceptional and accessible presentations of art outdoors for a broad public.”

The mural is funded through competitive grants and private sources from Doris and Robert Gordon, The Barr Foundation, The Boston Foundation, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Citizens Bank, The Marr Companies, Jane and Neil Pappalardo, and Goulston & Storrs.