The combination of water breezes and artistic expression is a distinguishing characteristic of the Boston Seaport, where the whole atmosphere of the neighborhood is suffused with a sense of creativity and discovery. Boston's deep ties to culture reach their most cutting edge here, as contemporary art anchors the neighborhood at world-class museums like the ICA and fills the streets with sculptural projects like Air Sea Land by Okuda San Miguel. With its curated collection of locally inspired artworks, the new apartments for rent at NEMA Boston share the Seaport’s art appreciation and locate you in the center of a neighborhood where the art world is at your fingertips, defining the contemporary city at its best.

Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel has created a set of colorful sculptures called Air Sea Land to line Seaport Boulevard. The project starts with a sculpture called Creation and includes sculptures that explore the history of animals and their relationship with humans. San Miguel, who is a well-known street artist, said in a Boston Globe article that, with these works, “I aim to create vibrant places that are filled with color and positivity, helping and hoping to change the lives of people.” He wants “people to stop looking at the pavement and start looking up and around.”

Meanwhile, the nearby ICA is an international destination museum for the most important artists at work today. With new acquisitions from creators like Anthony Hernandez, Sanya Kantarovsky, Robert Pruitt, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, the museum is continuing its commitment to represent the work of portrait artists, beginning with contemporary masters like Alice Neel. A highlight of the permanent collection is Ragnar Kjartansson’s The Visitors, a video and sound installation of a performance he staged in upstate New York. The piece is a testament to the multimedia expansion of the definition of a work of art and has become synonymous with the experience of “expecting the unexpected,” as encapsulated by a trip to ICA. Be sure to mark your calendar for Thursdays at ICA – visits are free every Thursday from 5 to 9 PM.

The perfect end to a day after taking in the art in the Seaport is to visit one of the many restaurants and bars, featuring an assortment of options including the Michelin-starred Menton, its sister-restaurant Sportello, as well as Oak + Rowan, Barking Crab, and Fuku, just to name a few. When the weather begins to warm, head to the many outdoor breweries or rooftops including Trillium, Cisco Brewers, Legal Harborside, and Lookout Rooftop & Bar for a fun and laid back end of your day in the Seaport.