ART ON THE MARQUEE
Located outside the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, an 80-foot-tall, multi-screen LED marquee shows a rotation of works by contemporary local artists. Daily artist M-F 7 am-10 pm, and rotating showcase of work Su. 415 Summer St.
BOSTON WOMEN’S MEMORIAL
With respective pedestals as props, sculptures of Boston’s Abigail Adams, Lucy Stone and Phillis Wheatley depict how each woman used language in her own life, challenging the conventions of their times. Commonwealth Avenue Mall, 256 Commonwealth Ave.
Pedestrians may stumble upon this tucked-away alley in the heart of Central Square. Its fundamental purpose is to connect Mass. Ave. with a public parking lot, but it’s a lot of fun to look at. 565-567 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge.
The Boston Harbor Marina & Shipyard is a surprising hot spot for experiencing monumental sculpture and public art by contemporary local artists. 256 Marginal St., 617.982.3244.
MIT PUBLIC ART COLLECTION
Lauded tech school MIT also has an artistic side. The school’s campus has become a hotbed of creative works in all media, and the university is also known for its artful architecture—take, for example, the Frank Gehry designed Stata Center. Audio tours available. 20 Ames St., Cambridge, 617.253.4680.
THE SARGENT MURALS AT THE BOSTON PUBLIC LIBRARY
Tucked into a third-floor chamber within the Boston Public Library is a stunning, gilded display of creativity by local 19th-century artist John Singer Sargent. His “Triumph of Religion” mural cycle depicts points of JudeoChristian religious history on painted canvas and relief. Open M-Th 9 am-9 pm, F-Sa 9 am-5 pm, Su 1-5 pm. 700 Boylston St., 617.536.5400.