Global creative house and curator Justkids partnered with property developer WS Development to launch Air, Sea and Land, the largest public art undertaking of world-renowned Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel, in Seaport. This vibrant kaleidoscope of seven large-scale sculptures was designed specifically for display within Seaport’s sweeping cityscape. The work’s eight- to twelve-foot sculptures are placed at deliberate intervals on the Seaport Boulevard medians, creating a public art corridor stretching from Sleeper Street to East Service Road.
The installation invites imagination as it explores some of Okuda’s favoured themes – the tale of life and coexistence, and the mythological edge where the animal kingdom encounters with the human world.
“Art must be present in public spaces constantly and my mission is to transform these spaces in a way that further enhances the passer-by’s experience. I aim at creating vibrant places that are filled with color and positivity. I want people to stop looking at the pavement and start looking up and around.” says Okuda San Miguel.
Launching his career in his hometown of Santander in Spain, Okuda soon received global recognition for his geometric surfaces and multi-coloured ephemeral architectures. With Air Sea Land, Okuda brings his talents to Boston for the first time, allowing art to inspire and unite Seaport as it visually anchors the neighbourhood and connects it graphically and thematically to other works and points across the city. Moved by Seaport’s tangible coexistence of air, sea, and land, Okuda created an iconic rainbow using organic shapes, forms, and symbols.
Justkids curator Charlotte Dutoit explained “It’s fantastic to present Okuda’s work in such a dynamic and rising neighbourhood; We are grateful for our partnership with Seaport that through this project expands art in the public space for everyone to embrace. Playing with the ever intriguing idea of the origins of life Okuda creates something that really speaks to all.”
“We are always looking for exciting new ways to enhance the Seaport neighbourhood experience through beautiful and welcoming world-class public spaces. We are thrilled to welcome Okuda to Boston and we hope visitors from across the city and around the world are surprised and delighted by this extraordinary installation,” says Yanni Tsipis, Senior Vice President, Seaport at WS Development.
A mobile tour of Air Sea Land runs on the Museum digital platform. The tour is engaging to both in-person visitors and those who want to learn more about the installation from afar and can be accessed here.