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Boston Arts Czar On Her Favorite Work Of Public Art — And What She Thinks Our Ranking Missed05:37Download

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Corita Kent’s rainbow gas tank reflects in the Dorchester Bay at night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)MoreCloseclosemore
Corita Kent’s rainbow gas tank reflects in the Dorchester Bay at night. (Robin Lubbock/WBUR)

One of the most recognizable and largest pieces of public art in Boston is located right near Boston Harbor in Dorchester. It's a work of art that can be seen for miles, and though it is officially untitled, Bostonians have given it a few names.

Julie Burros, Boston's chief of arts and culture, calls it "Rainbow Swoosh."

It's Corita Kent's "Rainbow Swoosh," or "Rainbow Swash" — depending on your opinion — and Burros told Morning Edition that this work "epitomizes the concept of the city as a canvas for art work and finding art work in really unexpected places."

Burros chose to discuss this work from a ranking created by The ARTery's Greg Cook of the 50 best public art works in Greater Boston. She explains why — and she talks about what Greg missed.

This segment aired on September 1, 2016.

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