In its most extensive and exciting art installation yet, Seaport
transforms the districts eponymous thoroughfare with the unveiling of Air Sea Land by world-renowned Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel. Funded by WS Development in partnership with global creative house and curator Justkids, this vibrant kaleidoscope of seven newly commissioned large-scale sculptures was designed specifically for display within Seaports sweeping cityscape. The works 8- to 12-foot sculptures are placed at deliberate intervals on the Seaport Boulevard landscaped medians at each pedestrian crossing, creating a public art corridor stretching half a mile across 5 blocks, walkable in 10 minutes. These multi-colored, monumental pieces create an entirely new visual experience in Boston and will remain indefinitely.
Launching his career in his hometown of Santander, Spain, Okuda soon received global recognition for his geometric surfaces and multi-colored ephemeral architectures. With Air Sea Land, Okuda brings his talents to Boston for the first time, allowing art to inspire and unite Seaport as it visually anchors the neighborhood and connects it graphically and thematically to other works and points across the city. Moved by Seaports tangible coexistence of air, sea, and land, Okuda created an iconic rainbow using organic shapes, forms, and symbols. The installation invites imagination as it explores some of Okudas favored themes the tale of life and coexistence, and the mythological edge where the animal kingdom meets with the human world.
Art must be present in public spaces constantly and my mission is to transform these spaces in a way that further enhances the passerbys experience. I aim to create vibrant places that are filled with color and positivity, helping and hoping to change the lives of people. I want people to stop looking at the pavement and start looking up and around, says Okuda San Miguel.
We are always looking for exciting new ways to enhance the Seaport neighborhood experience through beautiful and welcoming world-class public spaces. We are thrilled to welcome Okuda to Boston and we hope visitors from across the city and around the world are surprised and delighted by this extraordinary installation, says Yanni Tsipis, Senior Vice President, Seaport at WS Development.
We love bringing public art to Boston in impactful ways, and we extend a warm welcome to Okuda for this exciting public installation. We are grateful to WS Development for making this major commitment to a major public art installation in the Seaport District, said Kara Elliott-Ortega, Chief of Arts & Culture for the City of Boston.
Seaport has also partnered with two Boston-based organizations to create and launch a mobile tour of Air Sea Land. The tour is run on the Cuseum digital platform, tapping technology from this neighboring Fort Point business. Its content was created in partnership with Seaport-based arts consultant Boston Art Inc, which explored Air Sea Land and its connections to other local works and events.
Okuda San Miguel is a world-renowned street artist from Santander, Spain, best known for his unique iconographic language of multicolored geometric structures and patterns on the streets, railroads and abandoned factories around the globe. In addition to his work outdoors, in 2009 Okuda started his own studio practice and his fine art has been exhibited in galleries from India, Mali, Mozambique, United States, Japan, Hong Kong, Chile, Brazil, Peru, South Africa, Mexico and the European continent, among others. Okuda's distinctive style of geometric harmonies emboldened with intense colors can make his artworks feel like they're from a parallel universe. His large-scale murals and street sculptures can be found dominating parks and squares in towns around the world. Okuda's mixed media approach to works on canvas and paper is diverse with elements of embroidery, collage and wood, highlighting his insatiable thirst for creation and multitalented ability.