Art at NEMA
NEMA Boston boldly embraces the brand’s commitment to art. From the porte cochere to the Lobby and amenity areas, NEMA is adorned with a variety of multi-media pieces by local and renowned artists, often showcasing local inspiration, and always thoughtfully curated to create an elevated sense of home for residents.
Wool blanket and upholstery tacks on plywood
The fabric and textiles trade played an important role in the development of the Seaport as a mercantile center. Tom Burr’s wool blanket work pays tribute to that history and the Boston winters. The upholstery tacks, usually employed in house décor, allude to domesticity and interiority, further connecting the work to NEMA’s place in the Seaport as a warm home for residents.
Steel I-beam with natural steel patina
As America began transitioning from an agrarian to an industrial economy, the Boston Seaport was at the forefront of textile and machinery manufacturing. Sculptor Randy Doering created this dissected and intertwining steel I-beam to recognize the Seaport’s role in laying the groundwork for industrializing the Northeast.
The Channel—Showcase, 2019
Oversized acrylic “records” with custom labels featuring The Channel bands
Situated in the Seaport at the edge of the Fort Point Channel, The Channel was 1980s Boston’s hot spot for live music, hosting a wide array of groups, from new wave punk/metal to reggae and blues to up-and-coming local bands and major touring acts. In NEMA Boston’s Lobby, a dedicated art wall displays custom records that name the most important acts who played at The Channel, highlighting this dynamic decade in Boston’s music scene. Eventually, The Channel turned into a dance club where popular Boston DJs spun records, until it closed for good in 1991.
Lit Mail, 2019
White skeletonized LED on metal box panel
In the early 1900s, the invention of neon lit up the world of commercial signage, and many Boston businesses took advantage
of the trend. This custom-made artwork combines the city’s 19th century metal manufacturing with luminous 20th-century LED elements.