Dump truck doubles as public artwork in new downtown Boston exhibit

In what he calls “a deliberate nod to neighborhood development staff and laborers that assist construct our lovely cities, bridges and park techniques,” artist Karl Unnasch has created a backlit stained-glass purple dump truck for a public artwork exhibit in downtown Boston.

Up close image of stained-glass panels on dump truck

An in depth up of the stained-glass panels on the dump physique.

Up close image of stained-glass panels on dump truck

Unnasch says the piece, on show till this fall and commissioned as a part of “The Auto Present” exhibit on the Rose Kennedy Greenway, remembers the work put in to assemble Boston’s Large Dig, a large 15-year tunnel challenge that rerouted I-93 all through the downtown and created the greenway.

The present is designed partially to have a look at “the methods wherein our vehicles and highways replicate our communal historical past, values and perceptions of the world,” he says.

Entitled “Operant (An Oldowonk Cataract),” the piece options backlit stain glass panels put in within the cab home windows and alongside the edges of the dump physique. Every panel exhibits nature’s strategy to constructing, together with pictures of ants, beavers, wasps, chimps and elephants. A cascade of backlit chunk glass comes out of the again of the truck, resembling a load of crushed rock.