53 State Street Lobby - CODAworx

53 State Street Lobby

Submitted by Stephen Sheffield

Client: 53 State Street

Location: Boston, MA, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $24,000

Project Team

Art Consultant

Charlotte Riggs

Boston Art Inc.

Art Consultant

John Kirby

Boston Art Inc.


Stephen Sheffield

Stephen Sheffield Photography and Mixed Media


Three large scale photographic montages for the redesign of the lobby of 53 State Street in downtown Boston, MA.


The goal for the artwork was to illustrate the past, present and future of the building itself in a way that did not look or feel like an illustration or a "timeline".


The collaborative process between the building owners, the architects and myself was easy and seamless. Our initial meeting was to determine the "intent" of the artwork. I then proceeded to research appropriate historical imagery and to take photographs myself and then make rough sketches. Sketches were review and discussed by all parties and refinements were made.