John Rosenthal’s anti-gun-violence billboard

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.

Photos by The New England Journal of Aesthetic Research.

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