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Coming Soon to a Public Space in Boston Near You

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The city on Wednesday evening revealed the winners of its Public Space Invitational, a contest that drew 72 ideas for new designs and features for the city's shared areas. The nine winners now get up to $4,500 each (plus any private funding they can gin up) to turn their bids into reality. Above is what's billed as "Stairs of Fabulousness" for City Hall's decidedly un-fabulous interior. The nonskid tape will make the stairs "400 percent more fabulous."

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Why stop at City Hall's stairs? "Lobby Sky" will turn part of the ceiling into a never-ending sky view via photography.
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This winning idea will give a second life to old traffic light boxes: as the bases of public benches.
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Go ahead and play on this furniture! "Chair City Mountain" is public seating meant to encourage just that.
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Above is the Uni Project on Governors Island in New York Harbor. One of the winning bids in Boston hopes to bring a replica of the traveling reading kiosk here.
· Contest Aims to Enliven Public Spaces in Boston [Globe]
· Contest Nets New Faces for Public Spaces [Herald]

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