Swain-Spotting The Newest Political Commentary in Boston
There is a neighborhood in Boston called “Innovation District.” On thedisintegrating corner of one of its old clay brick buildings, around 10-15 missing brickshad created anabysmal hole which someone had filled up with 500 colorful Lego blocks. Noone came forward to claim the unsigned artwork and the executive director of the arts communityEmily O’Neil expressed that the art community was elated that guerilla art making a reentry.A unexpected stumble across Instagram picture taken during the initial piecing together of the Lego patch was found and the artist Nate Swain was tracked down.
Swain turned out to be an ex-landscape architect, who had resigned his cubicle job in order to try and gain recognition as an independent artist.He had apparently seen the hole, and instead of seeing a problem, had left an artistic statement. Apparently, this was not the only joke Swain pulled on the city. He has placed pictures of seemingly furnished quarters in the windows of abandoned buildings and created a scaled down city in the waters of the Channel that can be seen only at low tide.
What his friends like to call “swain spotting”, and like much of his artworks, the Lego patch created partially as a prank and partially as political commentary. Swain says he wants people to laugh and perhaps question their city. This is only done when something really catches their eyes and breaks their unanimous trance.