BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — It's not something you'd expect to see in a public park — a large purple UFO sculpture, complete with sea creatures from outer space in the port holes.
"I wanted to do something that might be more joyful and engage kids," artist Eli Brown told WBZ NewsRadio's Brooke McCarthy. "I wanted to sort of challenge myself to see if I could do it, make something big and somewhat of a spectacle."
Beam Me Down plays on the power and wonder of the unknown and is meant to draw attention to the smallest relationships between the smallest animals, like sea creatures and what they can teach us about navigating rising sea levels and other factors in climate change.
The art installation went on display July 13 and will remain on view through December 2022. It's just one of several installations going up around the city this summer as part of Now + There's Accelerator program, which brings temporary public art works to every neighborhood in Boston.
The sculpture comes complete with a comic book which tells a story warning about the dangers of climate change, which he co-illustrated with East Boston students at Adams Elementary School. The book is available by QR code and is printed in English and Spanish. What's more local bodegas and shops will carry it for free.
WBZ NewsRadio's Brooke McCarthy (@BrookeWBZ) reports