The Creative - CODAworx

The Creative

Client: City of Boston, MA for Boston Arts Academy

Location: Boston, MA, United States

Completion date: 2022

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team

Concept, Design & Project Management

Simon Donovan

Simon Donovan LLC

Design & Fabrication

Ben Olmstead

Olmstead Custom Fabrications


Stainless steel, LEDs, concrete
8’x 6.5’ x7’ on an 8″ plinth

On the corner of Van Ness & Ipswich St., right across from an entrance to Fenway Park. It was commissioned by the City of Boston for the new facility of the Boston Arts Academy (Boston’s first and only high school for the visual and performing arts). We noted that demographically the school’s population was primarily students of color. We also know that images of young black women are underrepresented in public art. Thus, we worked with student representatives to determine the visage of a young woman daydreaming of all the creative possibilities that her future could hold. The sculpture is made of layers of laser-cut perforated stainless steel creating moiré patterns (our innovation within this technique of fabrication), with the intent of creating a mesmerizing effect


Perforated stainless steel was also used on the shading fins of the new facility adjacent to the sculpture. The bordering street bollards are stainless steel. Both contribute material-wise for a harmonious effect.