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Rose Kennedy Greenway public art this summer will be heavy on lights

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Works by Anne Lilly and Luftwerk to illumine park—as will neon signs of Boston businesses

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The Rose Kennedy Greenway will host three light-based public art installations this summer, according to the conservancy that runs the famed ribbon of downtown Boston parkland. Here are the details:

  • The first installation—near the Rings Fountain, between India and State streets—will be eight vintage neon signs that Malden collector Dave Waller owns. Boston businesses used the signs from the 1920s to the 1970s.
  • Two artists who go by the name Luftwerk will design the second installation (called “Transition”): A tunnel of lights from Oliver to High streets meant to remind viewers that I-93 once bisected downtown Boston—before the Big Dig sank it and led to the creation of the Greenway itself.
  • Somerville artist Anne Lilly will design the final installation, which she calls “Temple of Mnemon.” It’s a kinetic, mirror-based sculpture meant to make viewers reflect on their places in their communities.