Artists sought for Meetinghouse Hill fire station project

A rendering shows how a new fire station on Meetinghouse Hill might look. Image courtesy Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture

The Mayor’s Office of Art and Culture has issued a “call to artists” to commission a $200,000 public art project that will be part of a new firehouse on Meetinghouse Hill.

The Engine 17- Ladder 7 station — which has been located across the street from the First Parish Church since 1928— is set to be replaced by a modern firehouse that will be built on an empty lot next door on East Street. Construction on the $24.7 million project is already underway, according to a memo released last week by the Boston Arts Commission, which will lead the selection process for an artist.

A site for the art installation has already been identified along a glass window bay, so “artists with experience working with translucent, archival materials (glass, plexi, etc.”) in public space” are sought for this project, which seeks to highlight “firefighting and the neighborhood’s relationship with the fire station.”

The call for artists closes on Jan. 21. Two virtual question and answer sessions were set for this week— including Thurs., Jan. 13 at 6 p.m. There is a “strong preference for artists who have a connection to Dorchester and/or themes of the project,” according to the city. For more information on how to apply, contact the project manager Sarah Rodrigo at sarah.rodrigo @boston.gov, or visit Boston.gov/arts.

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