https://www.nowandthere.org/ponlevuelo Prudential Center
800 Boylston St, Boston
Boston, Massachusetts 02199
Splashing across 2,500 feet of Prudential Center’s Boylston Street entrance will be Latinx muralist and graphic designer Yenny Hernandez’s forthcoming installation, “Ponle Vuelo A Tus Sueños/Let Your Dreams Take Flight,” a brightly-colored vinyl building wrap that will envelop two sides of the building’s exterior and will delight visitors with vibrant colors, tropical foliage, and nostalgic imagery. The new work, commissioned by Boston Properties (BXP) and curated by Boston’s Now + There public art organization, opens June 30. The opening event will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Hernandez’s “Ponle Vuelo A Tus Sueños/Let Your Dreams Take Flight,” pays homage to the pursuit of dreams and the Latinx journey to attain them. Using recognizable patterns and foliage, Mexican marigolds and tropical leaves, the artwork features a tropical parrot, referencing flight, and traditional coffee maker, a symbol meant to evoke grandmothers and kitchens in Latin America. The joyous, welcoming message is one of encouragement and positive reinforcement to the Latinx community which she feels can often be a journey of breaking through language, education, and socio-economic barriers.
In the evening hours, rainbow-colored lights will offset the bright mural on the outside of Prudential Center. Inside, the staircase will also feature additional art with bilingual words of encouragement woven throughout. A social media campaign based on the installation will ask participants to add their dreams and perspective on the American Dream to be compiled into a book.