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Hancock Tower mural coming down from its perch on Boston's skyline

So long, mysterious sea-gazing man.

The mural by artist JR on the Hancock Tower is coming down.

Derek Kouyoumjian/Metro

He’s been floating up there in the middle of Boston’s skyline, looking pensive over a rectangular body of water in metallic blue, since September.

But now, the grey-and-white bare-chested figure in shorts – a conversation-starter of a public art piece on the iconic building formerly known as the Hancock Tower – is coming down.

“Last Day of the piece In Boston,” tweeted the artist behind it, who goes by the name JR.


It had an extended run up on the Boston landmark’s west-facing side.

The property owner had planned to take it down after six weeks, but kept it up for seven months “ due to positive feedback from the general public,” according to a statement from Boston Properties executive vice president Bryan Koop to The Boston Globe.

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The building, which is now called 200 Clarendon, last fall made the installation of the mural a piece of performance art itself.

It didn’t announce that crews would be setting up the unusual artwork – which the Globe reports is made of perforated vinyl – before it happened, and for a day kept the identity of the artist behind it a secret.

Ever since the big reveal, it’s been hovering over half the city and greeting commuters on the Massachusetts Turnpike.

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“We are thrilled to have had JR temporarily use the building as a canvas for his thoughtful piece and thrilled to be engaging Bostonians in a conversation about public art,’’ Koop said in his statement.

 

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