One of the biggest and most striking pieces of public art in Boston is John Rosenthal‘s anti-gun-violence billboard on Route 90 behind Fenway Park. In May, the Newton man switched the 252-foot-long billboard from a message mocking gun shows to a new sign tallying the number of people shot and killed with guns in America each day, noting that 33 states don’t require background checks before gun sales, and charging that the National Rifle Association spent “$6.7 m[illion] to buy congress in 2010.” The billboard has long been one of the most affecting works of public art in the region, but because it’s a billboard, and a political advocacy one at that, it is often overlooked when people tally public art in Boston.
John Rosenthal’s anti-gun-violence billboard
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- Lynda Barry, Oct. 2, 2008.
- Eleanor Callahan and Barbara, Nov. 11, 2008. Nick Cave, Oct. 8, 2007.
- Brian Chippendale, May 16, 2008, part one and two.
- Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Sept. 23, 2008.
- Chuck Close, Nov. 1, 2007.
- Gregory Crewdson, Oct. 29, 2008.
- Lynda Hartigan of the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, July 16, 2008.
- Anish Kapoor, May 27, 2008.
- Dennis Kois, director of DeCordova Museum, June 9, 2008.
- Ernest Morin, July 21, 2008.
- Dan Moynihan, Brookline cartoonist and illustrator Oct. 8, 2009.
- Damian Ortega, Sept. 15,2009.
- Gary Panter, April 11, 2008, and Sept. 20, 2006.
- Martha Rosler, Nov. 21, 2008.
- Stefan Sagmeister, April 25, 2008.
- Neil Salley of the Musée Patamécanique in Bristol, Rhode Island, Aug. 16, 2007.
- Jon Sarkin, July 31, 2008.
- Peter Schumann of Bread and Puppet Theater (pictured above), Aug. 12, 2008, part one, two and three; Jan 23, 2008, part one and two.
- Richard Serra, June 1, 2008.
- Rachel Whiteread, Oct. 14, 2008.
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