Local Fabric

Transforming public space with the sights of Boston's neighborhoods.

Client
Boston Properties

Services
Concept Development
Creative Direction
Installations & Placemaking
Software Development

Press
Prosthetic Knowledge
IdN Magazine
Lost at E Minor
Improper Bostonian

Boston Properties commissioned Sosolimited to create an iconic centerpiece for the newly redesigned lobby at 100 Federal Street. Local Fabric is a digital artwork that weaves crowd-sourced photography of Boston’s twenty-two neighborhoods into a vibrant tapestry of image and color.

From the picturesque brownstones of Back Bay to the colorful row houses of Charlestown, Local Fabric celebrates the unique sights and people of Boston’s neighborhoods. The photos, collected from local photographers, become seeds for an evolving collection of geometric patterns. Each pattern preserves the sense of place and texture that makes Boston unique, revealing familiar locations with a fresh twist.

The artwork perpetually evolves as new photos are added, providing a refreshing experience for everyone who passes through the building on a daily basis. The angular architecture of the atrium and the unique shape of the screen inspired the geometric graphics of the artwork.

Housed in a stunning glass atrium designed by Perkins + Will, and visible from blocks away, Local Fabric infuses the downtown neighborhood with bold strokes of color and imagery. The artwork transforms the lobby at 100 Federal into a vibrant, contemporary space where tenants and residents of the neighborhood can work and socialize. It gives local residents a public stage for sharing their favorite places in the city.

Local Fabric is housed in a stunning glass atrium at 100 Federal Street in downtown Boston.
The artwork transforms the lobby at 100 Federal into a vibrant, contemporary space.
The 520 sq ft LED screen is the focal point of the new lobby.
Our custom software weaves crowd-sourced photos of Boston into patterns of interlocking shapes.
Local Fabric gives local residents a public stage for sharing their favorite places in the city.
Each pattern preserves the sense of place and texture that makes Boston unique, revealing familiar locations with a fresh twist.
The artwork perpetually evolves as new photos are added.
Remixed photo of Downtown Boston (original photo by Eric Kilby).
Remixed photo of South Boston (original photo by Peter Alfred Hess).
Remixed photo of Hyde Park neighborhood (original photo by Sabrina Madera).
Press & Accolades
“...the site-specific piece aims to engage the community and brighten the surrounding urban landscape with patterns and hues inspired by fabric.”
 
 
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