to the Sea

Using text and contemporary and historic maps, photographs, etchings, and paintings, the Walk to the Sea illustrates 400 years of Boston’s changing relationship with the sea.

The Walk to the Sea consists of ten freestanding glass panels, placed in eight locations, that define a path through downtown Boston. Just under one mile in length and descending one hundred feet in elevation, the path progresses from Beacon Hill, where Boston Common and the State House meet, down State Street to the city’s historic waterfront, where it ends at the tip of Long Wharf.

Mayor Thomas Menino dedicated the Walk to the Sea to real estate developer and philanthropist Norman B. Leventhal in 2008. The project was generated in collaboration with Roll Barresi & Associates and the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library.

Video: The Norman B. Leventhal Walk to the Sea