Crumbling overpass as work of art

The Jamaica Plain Gazette interviews a local artist who has done a series of oil paintings of the crumbling Casey Overpass, slated to be torn down next spring.

McCabe paints from photographs, as "standing in traffic would be suicidal," he said. He adapted his painting technique to reflect the decay of the structure and "achieve a more tactile surface much like the paint and rust of the bridge itself."

McCabe said his intent is to draw attention to "what is often overlooked" and the rapid pace of change in Boston.

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    Speaking as an artist, I

    Speaking as an artist, I think it would have been more successful had he been painting from observation in the middle of traffic. If something isn't suffering for your art, you're not doing it right!