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GREEN STREET GARAGE

Over the last several years, the City has been making repairs to the structure and roof top waterproofing of the Green Street Garage. Recognizing the opportunity to give the garage a strong visual identity that it now lacks, the Traffic Department worked with the Arts Council to involve a public artist in work needed for a three-story stair tower at the corner of Green and Pearl Streets. With high pedestrian and bus traffic, the intersection provides a wonderful opportunity to turn the tower into a landmark and a portal to the Cambridgeport community.

Artist Edwin Andrews, Associate Professor of sculpture and design at Northeastern University, was selected for the project from the Arts Council's Public Art Slide Registry. Andrews has proposed to create aluminum security screens for the window openings, with colored glass and optical lenses inserted into the screen. The glass will cast colored shadows and the lenses will reflect images of passers-by on the interior walls. The proposal works on two levels: On a practical level, the grid structure makes the large window openings safe and protects the stairway from wind and rain, without enclosing it with solid glass. And on an aesthetic level, this practical solution provides visual interest and improves the look of the building where it is most visible.

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 Green Street Garage exterior  Green St. Garage close-up