The juxtaposition of natural elements in the Seaport District was the inspiration for renowned Spanish sculptor Okuda San Miguel in his new art installation “Air, Sea and Land.” Using his signature multi-colored, geometric shapes, Okuda created a series of eight- to twelve-foot high sculptures that reflect his curiosity about the coexistence of mankind, animals, nature and mythology.
The gleaming works of art—Okuda’s first in Boston and designed specifically for the Seaport—are located along five blocks of Seaport Boulevard, allowing pedestrians an opportunity to view them all during a succinct half-mile stroll. “My mission is to transform these spaces in a way that further enhances the passerby’s experience,” says Okuda. “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.”
With names such as “Creation,” “Diversity,” “Mythology” and “Natural Balance,” the striking sculptures are shaped into animals, human forms and abstract evocations of the natural world. “We are always looking for exciting new ways to enhance the Seaport neighborhood experience through beautiful and welcoming world-class public spaces,” says Yanni Tsipis, senior vice president, Seaport at WS Development, which funded the exhibition in partnership with Justkids, a global creative house that conceives and produces art projects internationally. Tsipis hopes that visitors will be surprised and delighted by Okuda’s installation, which will remain indefinitely.
Kara Elliott-Ortega, chief of arts & culture for the City of Boston, says the city is grateful to WS Development for this major commitment to public art in the Seaport District. “We love bringing public art to Boston in impactful ways,” says Elliott-Ortega, “and we extend a warm welcome to Okuda for this exciting installation.”