Lonely Planet Writer

Kaleidoscopic new statues have appeared on Boston's waterfront

If you take a stroll down Seaport Boulevard in Boston, you might come across statues that look like what you’d see inside a kaleidoscope. They’re all part of the latest art installation that has come to make one of Boston’s trendiest neighbourhood even trendier.

“Domestic” is one of the sculptures that can now be found on Boston’s Seaport. Photo courtesy of Okuda San Miguel/Justkids

Air, Sea, Land is the largest to-date project of Okuda San Miguel, an artist originally from Santander, Spain. The installation was inspired by the Seaport’s location, right on Boston’s waterfront, where air, sea and land all coexist and it features seven vibrantly-coloured sculptures strategically placed along Seaport Boulevard. The statues create an art corridor of sorts, stretching from Sleeper Street to East Service Road.

The statues of the installation are all kaleidoscopic and vibrantly-coloured, like this one, titled “Light”. Photo courtesy of Okuda San Miguel/Justkids

“My mission is to transform these spaces in a way that further enhances the passerby’s experience,” says the artist himself in a statement. “I aim at creating vibrant places that are filled with colour and positivity. I want people to stop looking at the pavement and start looking up and around.”

Okuda’s works, like this one, titled “Wild”, recreate a mythological world where animals and humans interact. Photo courtesy of Okuda San Miguel/Justkids

People are sure to look up at the statues, which range from 8 to 12 feet in height (from 2.5m to almost 4m) and explore some of Okuda’s favourite themes – the concept of life and coexistence, and the mythological edge where the animal kingdom encounters the human world.

The artist poses with one of his works, titled “Wave”. Photo courtesy of Okuda San Miguel/Justkids

The project was created in partnership with creative house Justkids and property developer WS Development in an effort to unite and anchor the Seaport neighbourhood visually, as Justkids explains in a statement. And if you don’t have time to swing by Massachusetts, fear not – you can still see the sculptures of Air, Sea, Land through a mobile tour available online.

You can see this statue, titled “Co-Existence”, and all the others of the installation online as well as in person. Photo courtesy of Okuda San Miguel/Justkids

If you’d like to know more about the Boston Seaport neighbourhood, you can check its official website here.