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September 19, 2013

Taking art to new heights

Local painters carry out high-level Boston project

Gloucester painter/artist Tricia O’Neill and her husband Steve Brettler have taken their work to an entirely new level this week in downtown Boston.

O’Neill and Brettler, whose past works have included the art work and painting on signs at Fenway Park, are now working with artist Matthew Ritchie on a 70-by-76-foot mural titled “Remanence: Salt and Light,” with the work being painted on an air intake structure for the I-93 “Big Dig” tunnel in the area of South Station.

The work, which is a joint project between The Institute of Contemporary Art and the adjacent Rose F. Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, will be on display for 18th months, and is the biggest project yet for O’Neill, who was painting Tuesday morning some 60 feet in the air.

The paint for the project was donated by Benjamin Moore through Ben’s Paint in Gloucester.

Ritchie said he chose “Harbor Fog,” “Pilgrim Haze” and “Eclipse” as his three colors from Ben’s palette for the work, which he said will be a seascape straddling the border between abstract and representational art.

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