Gentrification focus of new public art in Boston’s Chinatown

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Boston | Published: September 9, 2016 11:11:29 AM

A public art project in Boston's Chinatown is spotlighting the impact of development on the lively, historic downtown neighborhood.

Tsen says the project is meant to underscore how the neighborhood remains a place where generations of people have lived and worked. (Reuters)Tsen says the project is meant to underscore how the neighborhood remains a place where generations of people have lived and worked. (Reuters)

A public art project in Boston’s Chinatown is spotlighting the impact of development on the lively, historic downtown neighborhood.

Life-sized portraits of residents through the neighborhood’s long history are going up in plazas and on street corners for about a week starting Sept. 10.

Artist Wen-ti Tsen will also set up photo stations to take portraits of current residents, workers and passers-by that will be turned into life-size cutouts, too.

Tsen says the project is meant to underscore how the neighborhood remains a place where generations of people have lived and worked.

Susan Chinsen, of the Chinese Historical Society of New England, suggests the exhibit provides a ”neutral” view of the often contentious gentrification debate.

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